Best finish for exterior steel stairs


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Ray K

The stairs are similar to those in the left photo here:

http://americansteelonline.com/stair-steel.htm

The four stairs connect a kitchen door to ground level. Foot traffic is
fairly light, mainly one adult.

Over the decades they have been in place they developed some deep rust
pockets. (No part of the stairs or landing has actually rusted through.)
I first powerwashed everything and then scraped with a putty knife.
Finally, I removed most of the remaining rust with several applications
of Naval Jelly.

I'm looking for recommendations for finish primer and topcoat. Rust
Oleum makes oil-based primers and finishes for such use. Any better
products out there?

Thanks,

Ray
 
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NickySantoro

The stairs are similar to those in the left photo here:

http://americansteelonline.com/stair-steel.htm

The four stairs connect a kitchen door to ground level. Foot traffic is
fairly light, mainly one adult.

Over the decades they have been in place they developed some deep rust
pockets. (No part of the stairs or landing has actually rusted through.)
I first powerwashed everything and then scraped with a putty knife.
Finally, I removed most of the remaining rust with several applications
of Naval Jelly.

I'm looking for recommendations for finish primer and topcoat. Rust
Oleum makes oil-based primers and finishes for such use. Any better
products out there?

Thanks,

Ray
Rustoleum is as good as anything I've ever used for that type of job.
The key to longevity is detailed prep. You seem to have that part
covered.
 
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Red

Ray said:
The stairs are similar to those in the left photo here:

http://americansteelonline.com/stair-steel.htm

The four stairs connect a kitchen door to ground level. Foot traffic is
fairly light, mainly one adult.

Over the decades they have been in place they developed some deep rust
pockets. (No part of the stairs or landing has actually rusted through.)
I first powerwashed everything and then scraped with a putty knife.
Finally, I removed most of the remaining rust with several applications
of Naval Jelly.

I'm looking for recommendations for finish primer and topcoat. Rust
Oleum makes oil-based primers and finishes for such use. Any better
products out there?

Thanks,

Ray
My problem with using RustOleum is it's very long dry time - up to a
week in some cases. Might be a problem on stairs you need to walk on
before it hardens. Other than that, it's a pretty good product.

Red
 

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