Can I paint a really smooth wall panel ?

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I’ve got Smooth White Hardboard Wall Panel in my kitchen it’s pretty old and I’m wanting to paint it but not sure if paint will stick. What do you think can I paint it?


q can i paint a really smooth wall panel
q can i paint a really smooth wall panel
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  • Deb K Deb K on Oct 13, 2018

    Hi, lightly sand it and clean it with TSP, prime it ( get primer mixed in color you are painting) and paint

  • Rob a Job Rob a Job on Oct 13, 2018

    Sand it lightly so as to rough the surfaces & then paint with suitable paint o choice?


  • Kac32568501 Kac32568501 on Oct 13, 2018

    Yes, I did this to my mother-in-laws bathroom. It's the same as painting old paneling. Very lightly sand (just enough to give the paint something to stick to) If you sand too much you can remove part of the top layer and the paint will soak into the wallboard and bubble. Make sure your panel is clean then just prime and paint.

  • Helen Helen on Oct 13, 2018

    A really smooth surface can be painted by cleaning it well to remove grease and dust, sand lightly, prime, and paint. It will look really nice when it is done.

  • Edward J Hefner Edward J Hefner on Oct 14, 2018

    Yes you have to prime it first with zinser primer from Menards if the seams are good you should have no problems btw use latex primer

  • Dawn Valera Dawn Valera on Oct 14, 2018

    Thank you All!!! Very helpful!

  • Dfm Dfm on Oct 16, 2018

    Low pile roller after cutting in with a brush.

  • Jan Loehr Jan Loehr on Oct 16, 2018

    I think I see some old bent nails in your first picture..you will have to pull them out with a pliers, fill in with spackle, sand smooth lightly, then paint as others have suggested...all should come out very nice...oh I would not recommend paint that is shiny, I would use flat it hides imperfections better than satin or higher shine...