Should I paint over a paneling wall or remove the paneling?

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q should i paint over a paneling wall or remove the paneling
Old paneling soaks up paint, the wall behind it is tongue & groove pine, but someone Painted it bright pink... Then they paneled over it. Any suggestions? Thanks.
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  • Ray Porter Ray Porter on Feb 03, 2018
    is it all flush or is it the older style paneling with different size cuts to make it look like individual boards

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Feb 03, 2018
    Remove the paneling.strip the pink paint and white wash the boards.It will add a new style to the room
  • Margarite Margarite on Feb 03, 2018
    I have plaster walls throughout my house and ugly brown paneling in my bedroom. Unless your willing to hire someone to remove and put up sheetrock, I would just paint over it. I am going to use a good single coat paint and primer.
    • Loreva Dawn Elder Loreva Dawn Elder on Feb 07, 2018
      Thank you. That would be my first choice. My type of paneling is pourous and soaks up the paint , first sample area I did dried in & almost gives a white-wash wash look, still debating.
  • Gary B Gary B on Feb 03, 2018
    If you have sheetrock behind the paneling you will still have to fill the nail holes. If you don't want the seams to show you might want to cover the paneling with Wall-paper liner, comes in rolls just like wallpaper, glues on with border paste, just caulk the seams and paint.
  • William William on Feb 03, 2018
    If you like the look of tongue and groove pine remove the paneling. Lightly sand, prime, and paint. If you want smooth walls. Paint the paneling filling in the grooves.

    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.
  • Sta28789839 Sta28789839 on Feb 05, 2018
    I have the same problem. I filled in the paneling lines with light compound spackling, make sure all the seams are smooth. Next I applied a textured wallpaper that is paintable. Now you have a blank slate for whatever shade of paint you choose and can be repainted.
  • Gary B Gary B on Feb 07, 2018
    I like the look of painted paneling, assuming that the grain is is deep enough to show through and the glue is still holding it together. Big caution on painting paneling is to clean and degloss, I would wash first, then use a product called Liquid sandpaper then prime with a good primer, putty nail holes, then spraying is the best look but a short-napp roller will work.
  • Ray Porter Ray Porter on Feb 07, 2018
    Shouldnt be an issue unless its been sealed with polly