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John F20/12/2016 23:41:42
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Well a little advice needed, I have not made this staircase but it will be fitted in our new retail shop, its made of redwood with ash treads.

The treads have anti slip inserts at the front and it all complies with current building regs.
However I intended to finish with something like Ronseal or Blackfriars satin coat but then realised it would not be tough enough to stand heavy traffic in this environment so have been considering a floor varnish for the treads which will be gloss I guess and then a satin coat for the banisters and balustrade that surrounds the loft area.

Well any thoughts or advice gratefully received form members

Merry Christmas to all John

Oh! just finished another rocking horse for a wee lass for Santa to deliver

Edited By John F on 20/12/2016 23:42:44

Edited By John F on 20/12/2016 23:43:36

derek willis 121/12/2016 11:06:20
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Try using either an epoxy finish or a melamine one, they are hard enough

to withstand traffic.


John F21/12/2016 18:35:01
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Thanks Derek I will look into these finishes, not heard of the melamine one before. John

derek willis 122/12/2016 10:08:50
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The finish i have promoted on a few occasions has beeen

Rustin's plastic Coating, which is a very hard two pack melamine

finish of immense strength, either use in natural gloss or dilute with

thinners to make satin.

Google Rustin's etc. and have a look.


Julian24/12/2016 16:41:35
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I would go for the Rustin's as well, once cured it's like a diamond.

John F13/07/2018 12:04:41
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Hi all well thought an update on the outcome may be useful, while this project was underway I needed some oak for some specialised racking in the new shop which I had ordered from British Hardwoods at Cross Hills near Skipton/Keighley, not far from me, whilst there I saw some flooring etc they had in the showroom and this was finished with Osmo Oil.

After a conversation I purchased some and used this to finish the stairs, the result after 16 months daily foot traffic is indeed very pleasing, the finish has held up extremely well and from what I was told and seems logical application of a "booster" coat at some future time ought to be easy - time will tell on this point but I see no reason to doubt it. Three coats were applied in anticipation of the constant use.

No connection to any of the companies or products other than a satisfied customer but thought my experience may be useful to other members

Thanks again for the suggestions --- John

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