How to paint over paneling in living room

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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Feb 12, 2018
    cleanse a good primer, allow to dry and paint
  • Allison Newby Allison Newby on Feb 12, 2018
  • Allison Newby Allison Newby on Feb 12, 2018
    It's a primer paint and sealed all in one! So it takes less time and less coats to cover the dark paneling! Good luck! You got this!
  • Allison Newby Allison Newby on Feb 12, 2018
    Also id use a paint brush and go through the little lines of the paneling first then roll over the rest and probably do it a few times to cover it. Good luck. I've done this before but I was 18 and it's been a hot minute!😂
  • DesertRose DesertRose on Feb 12, 2018
    We painted over our paneling and it worked beautifully. First, caulk all the cracks between the panels. Then paint with aroma free Kilz primer. Then you can paint it any color you like. Good luck with yours! We added a wallpaper trim at the top. Hope it works as well for you too!
  • Cheryl Damon Cheryl Damon on Feb 12, 2018
    This is not a quick project but is well worth it's efforts Sand the paneling in a up and down motion to scuff it up so the primer will adhere Dust off the sanding Caulk the corners and where the boards butt Fill in any holes in the paneling walls with quick dry patch Use only a product call BIN it is an alcohol base otherwise you will be priming twice Open windows Paint 2 coats latex paint Enjoy your room
  • Cheryl Damon Cheryl Damon on Feb 12, 2018
    I was a professional painter for 25 years A primer and sealer will not stop the bleed thru stains from the wood Use my advise above and you will never regret doing things right the 1st time You can always go to a paint store and talk to someone who knows the business Not Home Depot or Lowes
    This will save you time effort and money

  • Cindy Hagemann Cindy Hagemann on Feb 12, 2018
    I did my entire house that was covered in 1960's paneling (4,000 sq ft). Prime it first with Kilz or Zinsser and then paint 2-3 coats. I did not sand it first and it has been fine for the last 3 years.
  • Rae Rae on Feb 12, 2018
    Painted a lot of paneling and the most important advice is to use a good primer and a if your paneling is rough like mine be sure to use a good plush roller. You won't regret you project once done. Makes all the difference in the world!
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