Is preping a paneled wall needed for wallpaper?

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I want to put vinyl peel and stick wallpaper on a paneled wall. Do I need to prep the paneling?

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  • Cindy Cindy on Feb 05, 2018
    Hi Debbie, If you think you will want to remove the wallpaper some day, then painting the paneling would make that job easier.
  • Suellen Hintz Suellen Hintz on Feb 05, 2018
    Yes, the cracks must be fill or they'll show. A friend used Sheetrock mud, sanded, papered...lovely improvemen.
  • Annalee Vicari Annalee Vicari on Feb 05, 2018
    I think the stuff is called TSP for cleaning the panels before you wall paper. I have been wrong before.
  • William William on Feb 06, 2018
    Make sure the paneling is clean and dry. Fill the grooves with no shrink drywall patching compound. Let it dry overnight. Next day use a damp sponge to smooth out the patch. Prime the paneling with a good stain blocking primer. Then you can choose to paint or apply the peel and stick.
  • Eva Eva on Feb 06, 2018
    I did this many years ago. Not sure what current trend is but, way back when, I first washed down all the walls then I filed in all the grooves with a putty (like the kind you use to fill in nail holes on walls). I used a putty knife to help fill in and smooth it out. It was a long tedius job but it made the wall paper look elegant and professional as there were no indentations. Good luck!
  • Eva Eva on Feb 06, 2018
    One more thing...there was no need for sanding the putty as the knife smoothed it out nicely.
  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Feb 06, 2018
    Clean it well. Fill in the grooves if you don't want them to show.
  • Lisa S. Lisa S. on Feb 06, 2018
    I would scrub it down with TSP first, to get off any dust, smoke etc. It would make it adhere better.
  • Eva Eva on Feb 06, 2018
    You're welcome.