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Spare room has old fashioned paneling on walls, with vertical strips concealing seams. The paneling is what they used in mobile homes. What inexpensive wall covering can I use to cover this nightmare. A bit of research told me that paint doesn't adhere to the paneling. Thought of luan but still will have vertical joints. Thought of railroading other paneling and using a chair rail. I don't think there is much behind it to nail 1/4 inch sheet rock and then I'll need someone that can tape and plaster joints. Running out of ideas...help. Previous owner left with two large size holes in wall carefully camouflaged with mirror and wall hanging. Silly me, didn't see it.

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  • Sure you can paint. We painted all 3 of my in laws mobiles homes. I would test an area, you have nothing to lose. Wash first with TSP then use a good primer like Kilz or Zinsser. Any decent painter worth his or her salt can tape and mud properly if you want to go that route too. Do not get discouraged, you can fix this!
  • Diana Deiley Diana Deiley on Oct 20, 2017
    Oh my friend, paneling can be painted. I live in a mobile home with paneling. I removed the vertical strip then filled the area with joint compound. Sanded, then washed the paneling with hot water and TSP, primed with Kilz2, painted the walls with interior wall paint in a satin finish. Worked great, looks great.
    To get really creative you could paint every other 'strip' a darker shade of the paint or paint alternating strips in satin & then semi gloss. You could add a chair rail around the room for added design & dimension. OR add a sand mixture to your paint for a different look. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to design your own comfort home! Enjoy and best of luck.
  • Way28657475 Way28657475 on Oct 20, 2017
    Kilz or a good primer should make paint adhere. I think they make special paint and primer for labelling. Check with your local paint store.
  • Bobbie Bobbie on Oct 20, 2017
    Yes you can paint this paneling. First you need to wash the paneling down with some TSP. then give it two coats of a good primer like Kilz. Then give it a couple coats of your favorite color paint. It will make a world of difference..
  • William William on Oct 20, 2017
    All perfect advice. I did this in my daughters modular home. I did remove the strips filled them in with drywall patching compound, let it dry overnight. Next day I went over the compound withe a damp sponge to smooth it out. P_rimed and painted.
  • Scott stees Scott stees on Oct 20, 2017
    I have used textured wallpaper over paneling. You don't even see the vertical lines.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Oct 20, 2017
    Use a good primer and then paint