Painting the dark color in the glossy finish, it can hide the scuff marks in the best way. To know how the stairs will come out, you should cut a cardboard piece in order to make the sizes of risers and paint them and put them at the steps to see their effects. If you are ready to paint, you can prime the risers and add two coats of the paint. Then you should wait for some days for to add a third coat. The painted risers hardwood stairs is the best way that you are able to make the difference at your entry. You should always make sure that the paint you use is durable and it does not get scratched easily.