How to Paint Over Wood Paneling

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Prepping the wood paneling to use primer.
Prepping the wood paneling to use primer. | Source
Look at the paneling that has been painted.  See how you can see the paneling because the paneling is absorbing the paint.  This is why you should use primer.
Look at the paneling that has been painted. See how you can see the paneling because the paneling is absorbing the paint. This is why you should use primer. | Source
This is how your wood paneling should look
This is how your wood paneling should look | Source

Introduction:

Do not paint over paneling until you read this article it will save you time and money.  You cannot just paint over paneling.  If you do paint over the paneling the paint will just seep into the wood then you will lose money and your wood paneling will reappear through your paint.

Steps

1)      Clean walls with TSP especially walls with nicotine on them because your primer will not roll on properly and when the primer dries the primer will bubble then peel off.

2)      Inspect walls for holes or any other imperfections.  Fill in holes with wood putty.

3)      Seal it with a high quality stain blocking sealer like Kilz, especially if it is older wood or knotty pine.

4)      Use a roller to prime the paneling with the sealer, allow it to dry and then apply the finish color with a roller and use a brush to get the beads of the wood.

Things you’ll need:

TSP cleaner

Primer (Kilz)

Paint Roller

Paint Brush

Paint

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MarleneB 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

This is an excellent hub. Short, sweet and to the point. Last year, I purchased a home that was built in the seventies. Most of the walls have wood paneling. I have been wanting to paint over it, but didn't think I could get a good result. Seeing your pictures shows me that wood paneling can be painted over and the results can be excellent. I'm happy I came across your hub with the information I need to do a good job.

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