How can I paint paneling

I live in a trailer built in 1976 and it has dark paneling thru the whole thing I don't know how to paint the paneling whith out it looking cheap

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  • Use milk paint .
    • CherylHarbour CherylHarbour on Apr 29, 2018
      I don't have any experience with milk paint but that is a good idea definitely worth looking into 😀
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Apr 29, 2018
    cleanse a primer ,allow to dry and paint
  • T davidson T davidson on Apr 29, 2018
    Clean real well. The prep is most important. Next step is the primer, then you paint! Sounds easy but is isn’t. Very time consuming but you will love the outcome. Oh yes, you might need to lightly sand between coats. some paints require it.
  • Tinyshoes Tinyshoes on Apr 29, 2018
    I would clean really good, then prime, then paint.
  • Susan krom Susan krom on Apr 29, 2018
    You can first use a primer-Kilz is a good one and then just paint over it. It will look nice if you also paint the groove lines.
    • CherylHarbour CherylHarbour on Apr 29, 2018
      I thought about painting in the grooves on the paneling thought it might class it up a bit while solving a problem not sure about how to figure out contrasting color I would probably go with a light sand color for the main wall and I'm not really sure about the grooves in them nice to know I'm not the only one that thought of that
  • SandyG SandyG on Apr 29, 2018
    Prepping and cleaning is important before starting. Then decide if you want a gloss or satin or flat. Satin is a good choice as it does not draw attention to imperfections like a gloss does. Flat will have no light reflection and could make walls look very dull. Tape you ceilings, door and window frames and put down painters clothes to protect your floor. If you paneling has grooves you may have to hand paint/cut in the ceiling and frames with a brush, and the paneling grooves, but over all painting the walls can be done with a roller.
  • Susanroy36 Susanroy36 on Apr 29, 2018
    I did too! I first used a good primer, water based. I got mine at Benjamin Moore, called AquaGrip. Sherwin-Williams has one too. After it dried I used a good quality paint and voila! I even did my kitchen cabinets. If you want you can use spackle and fill your lines and then use a spray can of orange-peel texture after you prime and then your walls all look like sheetrock
    • CherylHarbour CherylHarbour on Apr 29, 2018
      since my house is paneling from one end to the other you guys have given me many good ideas some I had not thought of and would very much like to try😀
  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on Apr 29, 2018
    Use a primer and then a color top coat or buy a paint with primer already in it. The primer will not only adhere if the paneling has a layer of varnish on it, but will help smooth any rough spots. You should have a nice finished layer.
  • Kim Cox-Kerby Kim Cox-Kerby on Apr 29, 2018
    I did it in my Kitchen when I painted the cabinets, everyone loved it and forgot I ever had paneling.
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