Any way to update paneling without removing it?

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Dark wood paneling,can it really be painted?

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  • Amanda Amanda on Nov 01, 2017
    Hello. It can be painted. First make sure it is clean and then prime. I had to use a oil based primer which was more expensive but covered better. Then paint.

  • Gma Gma on Nov 01, 2017
    I’ve seen painted - the lines were covered with tape - I also have seen them filled in and have seen small rope put in the lines -

  • Marilla Waltrip Monroe Marilla Waltrip Monroe on Nov 01, 2017
    Paint, paint, paint! But be sure to prime after cleaning first. I hate that nasty old paneling too. :(

  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Nov 01, 2017
    Hi there, I've seen people use sheet rock mud to fill in the grooves before painting but, these days with the popularity of ship lap, I think a lot of people are just painting paneling as is. :)

  • Shortcake Shortcake on Nov 01, 2017
    Hello, Clean the paneling good using in a spray bottle dawn soap, distilled vinegar, and water. Just a little of each then full your spray bottle and shake spray on walls and wipe down good, let dry good and then buy a good primmer spay it on and If I remember we primed it twice. then when dried real good then used a roller and painted it. It very nice and not so dark after wards. I hope that this was helpful and good luck.

  • Karen V Karen V on Nov 01, 2017
    I agree with Amanda, wipe down first, then paint. I used a paint with built in primer. The rooms I did were so beautiful when I finished. I know paneling can still be used and makes for beauty as well, but....

  • 2dogal 2dogal on Nov 01, 2017
    Yes, I did. Wash it with TSP found in most paint departments. Prime with a good primer, them paint. Use a primer as it will help the paint to stick better even though you have used TSP to help take off the shine.
    You can spackle the vertical grooves, but you really have sand well to get it smooth or where you spackled will show through the paint.
    There is also a kraft paper you can put over the paneling that is suppose to hide the groves, but someone did it in one room of my house and the groves still show. I think the paper shrunk after it dried from the paste.

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Nov 01, 2017
    Vacuum,clean and Whitewash it

  • Tinyshoes Tinyshoes on Nov 01, 2017
    We painted over ours. Two coats because of darkness of paneling but in basement

  • Blg24563843 Blg24563843 on Nov 01, 2017
    Thanks for all the information!