It’s been ages since I was last active, personal and family problems have seen me sidelined. Anyway, there is light at the end of the tunnel, so I am doing a bit of renovation.
The panels on the side of my stairs were awful; no matter how I prepared the surface, I could not achieve a decent finish. Overall, it was 80% good and 20% of areas where it would blister or look shaded. After six months, the areas I did not like were peeling back, and discolouration occurred. I can only assume it was the bottom layer of old paint. Yes, I should have stripped it back to the wood; hindsight is a beautiful thing.
The old paint was dodgy; IMHO, I wore a proper full-face breathing mask and had to use a hot air gun. It was clinging onto the wood for dear life! I then took my Mirka sander and used a progressively finer paper until it was smooth. It is now ready to paint, and I intend to use Helmi white paint. Is there a suitable sealant I can use to ensure nothing nasty comes out of the woodwork? Please forgive the pun! I would hate to repaint it all to find it starts to fail in six months.