Is it better to remove paneling or sealing the spaces and paint?

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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Feb 02, 2018
    that will depend on how much renovation you are willing to tackle
  • Diana Deiley Diana Deiley on Feb 02, 2018
    Depending on the size and desired outcome of your project, you can paint paneling very easily. Fill all holes with spackle, wash walls with TSP & warm water, PRIME with Kilz2 (water based), then paint. Voila! a new room. Enjoy.

  • Chubby58 Chubby58 on Feb 02, 2018
    My MIL had someone caulk the spaces and smooth them out, then she got him to paint it a beautiful light mint green. Turned out great and made all the difference in the dark den. I think if you remove them you're asking for more problems than you want to deal with.
  • Dysko7710 Dysko7710 on Feb 02, 2018
    It's probably easier to seal the spaces and paint, and it's easy to do:
  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Feb 02, 2018
    Truly, what is under it may be a problem. You could remove one panel to look. You probably are better off painting. Most paneling I've encountered covered plaster that needed repair, in older homes. It was a cheap fix.
  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on Feb 02, 2018
    It depends on the look you want. Leaving the paneling (and having a rougher finish) works well with a rustic/home spun look. Sealing and painting gives a smoother finish that works well with any decor. It is all your choice.
  • William William on Feb 02, 2018
    Make sure the paneling is clean and dry. Prime with a good stain blocking primer like Zinsser 123 or BIN. Then paint like painting regular walls. If the paneling has grooves you can fill them with non shrink drywall patching compound. Just put on enough to fill the grooves. Let it dry overnight. Next day use a damp sponge to smooth the patch. Then prime and paint.
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