I’m in the process of restoring an oak staircase in a 1910 colonial and am looking for some advice with the following:
– First step has been pulling all the paint off the oak treads with the intention of staining them. It appears during some previous remodel, someone had sanded most of the stain off of some of the treads and just painted over the stain on others. I’m hoping to be able to take enough of the oak off via sanding so that all the treads look them same when stained. Any suggestions on what courseness sandpaper to use? I’m trying to get away with not having to rent an edge sander by using a belt sander, palm sander, as well as a drill with a sanding pad; any thoughts?
– The nosing on the treads has molding underneath. In order to get a nice crisp edge between the treads and risers (treads stained, risers painted), I’m planning on removing all the molding, finishing the treads, painting the risers, finishing the molding, and then tacking the finished molding to the risers again. The problem I have is that the molding appears to be glued very solidly to the nosing. Any suggestions on getting the molding off without damaging it or the nosing? I’d like to reuse the molding, but will replace it all if need be.
Thanks in advance,