Asked on May 23, 2018

How do you remove wood paneling from an older home?

Carol MarszalekMacysmomKen
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The previous homeowners painted their wood panel red and yellow. I was interested in how to remove the paneling.

6 answers
  • Laura Cooper
    Laura Cooper
    on May 23, 2018

    It's much easier to just place drywall over it. You can use thin drywall since it will be fully supported by the paneling
  • Linda
    Linda
    on May 23, 2018

    Drywalling over is fine but remove window and door frames first or that will be another issue. If newer frameless windows it will be easy to trim out the edges of a layer of drywall. Hope this helps
  • Ken
    Ken
    on May 23, 2018

    Color is not important to removal of paneling. You just need to find a place to start and pull. No secrets.
  • Macysmom
    Macysmom
    on May 23, 2018

    The paneling should be nailed on and once you get the first piece/edge off it should go really easily. Some people loved to put a lot of glue underneath and that makes it a little harder. The paneling isn't going anywhere...don't glue it down! If there is glue, you will have some repair to do to the wall. Be aware that liquid nails will bleed color through paint. In my experience it continued to bleed through even with Kilz The problem with just adding sheet rock is that if you have a window on that wall you will have to re-face the window frame and sometimes that is a real problem dependent upon the type of window you have. You won't know completely until you get that first piece off and see what you are dealing with. Good luck and have fun!!
  • Carol Marszalek
    Carol Marszalek
    on May 23, 2018

    Certainly it depends on whether it was nailed or
    glued to the underpayment. You might have to try prying from the top or
    corner wall. If glued it will probably tear up the wall beneath, so be prepared to have to re-drywall.
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