THE BEST PAINT FOR STAIRS WITH SLIP-RESISTANCE
When thinking of interior decoration, most homeowners think of painting walls and woodwork, but stairs deserve the same attention. A product applied with precision and of a colour that complements the rest of your space adds character and charisma to your home.
The only problem that is the choice of an appropriate paint. Slip-resistance is perhaps the most important quality of a good paint for stairs, but there are many other aspects to consider.
To help you in your quest, our expert team has tested and rated the best stair paint products in the UK. Check out our top picks below.
OUR BEST PICK STAIRS PAINTS
Anti-Slip Floor Paint from Blackfriar is our favourite paint product for stairs and it has impressed us with its unparalleled qualities. In terms of performance, this paint really stands out with its aggregated finish developed to provide full anti-slip resistance.
Formulated to withstand heavy footfall, the product finds its home in either domestic or commercial environments; especially in industrial settings.
This solvent-based product is dependable and resilient both indoors and outdoors. Use it to revive your interior stairs or to add some anti-slip properties to your main entry steps. Leftover product can revive the slates in your backyard or even your home workshop floor.
The easiest way to apply this product is with a paintbrush or roller, but don’t expect the operation to be easy. That being said, the effort is well worth it. The finished result has a huge aesthetic impact that will surely turn heads.
Blackfriar Anti-Slip Floor Paint is compatible with a variety of surfaces including concrete, stone, cement, wood and metal, and it comes in 6 contemporary colours.
Homeowners looking for an affordable paint product for their stairs and doorsteps should look no further. Johnstone’s Paint for Doorsteps is an economic yet high-quality paint perfect to use on a wide range of exterior surfaces.
The most important feature of this product is its weather resistant formula. Tough and durable, the paint resists medium foot traffic and is perfect to use for domestic purposes.
A slight drawback is the lack of versatility with regards the range of colours. There isn’t too much of a choice as the paint only comes in matt red. However, you can still use it on brick, slates, stone and even unglazed tiles.
In terms of durability, the product boasts a hardwearing formulation designed to resist daily wear and tear, adverse weather and outdoor elements. Covering up to 10m²/litre and providing satisfactory results with just one coat, this is undoubtedly a superb paint to consider for your project.
If you’re looking for multi-surface versatility and want to paint more than just your stairs, Floorboard Paint by Trade Paints could be an excellent choice. This high-quality product is suitable for wooden floorboards and stairs and is widely used in commercial settings.
The product is perfect for all interior areas, including the bedroom and loft spaces. It comes in an impressive selection of colours with low-, mid-, and high-sheen finishes.
A great choice if you want to give a new lease of life to your stairs, Floorboard Paint is easy to apply with a brush or roller and comes supplied in tins of capacities varying from 250ml to 5L.
Like most floor and stair paints, this product is solvent-based, hardwearing, tough and durable.
Rustins Quick Dry Step & Tile may not stand out in terms of colour versatility but it certainly shines in terms of convenience. This product is perfect for stairs and for a range of different environments. Compatible with a variety of substrates including tiled pavements and masonry, the product can even be used on exterior doorsteps.
Resistance is ensured by a hardwearing formula developed to withstand harsh weather environments and medium-duty foot traffic.
A superior covering power and outstanding opacity are just two of the product’s defining features. Opacity, however, doesn’t mean matt.
Perfect for all environments, this product dries to an elegant glazed finish which, though stylish, isn’t the most exceptional in terms of anti-slip properties.
Nonetheless, we would recommend this paint for indoor stairs. Coming in two versatile colours which closely mimic the shades and finish of traditional pavements and stair tiles, this is a product to consider if you don’t want to spend an arm and a leg but still want a reliable paint for your stairs.
Developed for exterior use, Ronseal Diamond Hard is a superb doorstep paint that can easily compete with the Step & Tile product above. It has a hardwearing formula that withstands scuffing and scratching while its anti-slip properties make the product perfect for its intended use.
As well as its anti-slip properties, this product also boasts a quick-drying formula. You’ll be able to step on your newly painted stairs after only 6 hours provided that one coat is enough – or in 12 hours if your surface requires two coats.
We also like the water-based formula. As you might expect, the water-based paint is weaker than a solvent-based product, but it’s eco-friendly and non-toxic.
Compatible with a wide range of substrates, Diamond Hard can be applied to stone, concrete or brickwork and self-primes itself on either previously painted or bare surfaces.
Although its not the most weather resistant product, the paint withstands adverse weather well and can embellish your outdoor stairs in the years to come.