Can I stain inexpensive paneling?

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We have inexpensive paneling in a mobile home. Can I lightly sand it and put gel stain on it to refresh the surface? Any advice would be appreciated.

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  • Barbara Lloyd Barbara Lloyd on Mar 23, 2018
    Don't sand it! Wipe it down with a well wrung, lint-free cloth dipped in a no-rinse degreaser like Zep 505. Wipe with a dry cloth. Prime and paint the surface. Most installed panelings in mobile homes are NOT made of wood, and any color or grain is embossed paper or vinyl product. I have had pleasing results with a careful paint job.
  • Julie Julie on Mar 23, 2018
    I use benjarmin moore fresh start for things including panels before painting..great stuff..
  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on Mar 23, 2018
    Use a liquid sander first. You can buy it at any hardware store. Rub it on with an old t-shirt or cover your arm with an old sock to apply.
  • Alice Alice on Mar 23, 2018
    Take a look at this video. The guy puts a stain on white paint that looks like wood. I don't know why you couldn't do this on your paneling.

    Of course I'd ask someone at Homedepot or Lowes that might know best, before I bought it.
    • Sherri Sherri on Mar 24, 2018
      Thank you Alice. Is there some way you could give me the location of that video so I could watch it? Sounds interesting. Thanks.
  • Sue Sue on Mar 23, 2018
    i wallpapered over paneling in a trailer successfully. It turned out beautifully but wasn’t cheap.
  • Carol Marszalek Carol Marszalek on Mar 23, 2018
    I’ve given this answer many times in this forum. But I love, love, love Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations. No sanding no priming you just clean the wall off and paint it the color you want. It comes in a variety of colors that are mixed at the home-improvement store, then you can glaze it to give it an antique look or a different texture.
  • William William on Mar 24, 2018
    You can use gel stain over the paneling.

  • Alice Alice on Mar 25, 2018
    I'm so sorry. I guess I wasn't paying attention when I tried to post the link. Here it is...
    • Sherri Sherri on Mar 25, 2018
      Thank you so much, Alice. I have to look further into this..... don't know if it willl work in my situation or not. I'll let you know how it works out.
  • Daniel D Brewer Daniel D Brewer on Mar 25, 2018
    No the surface is plastic. Prime and paint.
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