Asked on Oct 8, 2017

Painted Paneling



Previous owner painted wood paneling. I'd like to fill the lines and repaint. What should I use so I can get smooth finish?

7 answers
  • William
    on Oct 8, 2017

    I fill the groves with drywall patching compound. Let it dry overnight. Next day I used a damp sponge to smooth out the compound. Primed and painted. I had Kilz primer on hand, but any good stain blocking primer will work. Zinnsser 123, BIN, or KIlz.
  • Annise MacKinnon
    on Oct 8, 2017

    There is a tape you can buy @Home Depot.
  • Kcama
    on Oct 8, 2017

    Depending on the size, filling and smoothing the lines would be a huge task. You have some options. Lath that goes over the line (prime and paint first, then fill any nail holes). Go with the lines...we painted our dark family room paneling white, leaving the lines - it has the old below-decks ship's lath look.
  • Debra Evans
    on Oct 8, 2017

    You could probably use wood filler or joint compound to fill the wood lines and then a lot of sanding to make it smooth. I think that would be a lot of work to get it completely smooth.
  • Jan
    on Oct 8, 2017

    Fill in with wood filler then smooth out. Takes a lot of time because you have to smooth it on let it dry and then paint over it. what I did with mine was paint with a texture paint. It hides the lines pretty well.
    • Linda
      on Oct 8, 2017

      Thank you , only have 2 short walls,. I think texture will help if not smooth.
  • Suzette
    on Oct 8, 2017

    Hi, Here's a how to video that may help:

    Good luck!
  • Mac14396386
    on Oct 8, 2017

    I heard spackling but also saw that people complained that after awhile it started falling out-lot of work too-all that sanding!!
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