Asked on Jun 4, 2018

How to make paneling look lighter and shiner?

Deb KWilliamRae


7 answers
  • Janet Pizaro
    Janet Pizaro
    on Jun 4, 2018

    Do you want to paint it?
  • Ebbjdl
    on Jun 4, 2018

    Try Murphys Oil Soap, dry completely, and then buff with a clean rag. This can be purchased at the supermarket.
  • Cheryl
    on Jun 4, 2018

    I made a solution of bleach and water and wiped the paneling down with it. You'll have to play with how much bleach to get the right amount. I did it behind the bar, in my family room. Let it dry out, for a couple days. Then, apply a hefty coat or 2 of wood wax.
  • Rae
    on Jun 4, 2018

    I have painted all my outdated paneling that is in my basement and love it. So bright and clean now!
  • William
    on Jun 5, 2018

    Nothing much you can do to lighten it. The finish is put on at the factory. Most paneling is not real wood grain. The substrate can be wood, MDF, hardboard, and even particle board. The actual surface you see can be a photo of wood, wood grain paper, or vinyl. Most people just paint it.
  • Deb K
    Deb K
    on Jun 5, 2018

    You can paint it, but prime it first to prevent dark from bleeding through.
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