Carrie
Carrie
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Asked on Jul 10, 2018

Tips for Painting over wood paneling?

SharonCynthia HDee
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I have real old wood paneling in my kitchen area, and not sure what type of paint was used on it. When I wash it it peels and scuffs off where chairs bump it. How do I strip this and what paint do I use that wont peel when needs a wash down?
Looks terrible!
q painting over wood paneling
4 answers
  • Vicki Bushert
    on Jul 10, 2018

    Sound like the surface was not prepped properly. It should have been cleaned with TSP, then either lightly sanded and a good primer used before painting. I used tsp then skipped the sanding and used a primer called Grabber then painted. The grabber grabs the surface then lets the paint grab onto its primer and keeps it from peeling. As to how to take off the old paint. If you know FOR SURE that the paint is fairly new and not lead based. You can try renting a heat gun that bubbles up the paint and makes scraping it off easier. Or you could try an orange based paint remover called citristrip it's gel like just brush it on and it bubbles up the paint. you scrape it off then remove all residue of the stripper using the stripper remover made by the same company ( don't skip this step otherwise when you paint over it the New paint may not stick well)

    • Carrie
      on Jul 10, 2018

      Prepped terribly, I used a degreaser on it and it peeled off. I'm just a renter, but been here 9yrs and more than tired of looking at this. Thank you for all the great input, sounds like I have a very long summer project:)

  • Dee
    on Jul 10, 2018

    Sand down the paneling lightly, Clean really well with a good degreaser, then use a stain blocking primer. Let it dry completely. Then use a good acrylic paint. I would use a paint sprayer as this would leave no brush or roller marks.
  • Cynthia H
    on Jul 10, 2018

    Hi Carrie! Prep is everything with painting wood and paneling. Sanding, cleaning and wiping down before sealing. I've filled the grooves in mine with spackle, since I dislike the grooves. Sand smooth before sealing. I like Kilz for sealing to give me a good surface. Your best bet will be to get as much of the poorly applied paint as possible. Sadly, the shortcuts taken by someone else is going to create more work for you. You might consider adding a chair rail to protect the wall from being bumped by chairs.
  • Sharon
    on Jul 11, 2018

    I wouldn't try to strip it cause chances are its just a wood grain paper over some fiber. Just sand. Use a wood filler over the damaged area like a water based Famowood spackled on as smooth as possible, sand, then prime and paint. Since you obviously have chairs banging on the area, I think I would add a chair rail along that height across the wall.
    • Sharon
      on Jul 11, 2018

      Just remove any loose paint either by scraping or sanding, and then give it a light sand where it was loose, then prime and paint. I usually use Kitchen and Bath paint its semi-gloss and if I want a chalk paint look, add 1/2c of baking soda to tone down the shine. Mix well. Never had any peeling problems.

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