Asked on Dec 18, 2018

How do I paint dark wood paneling?



I had asked awhile ago but somehow it didn’t save. I got some awesome advice and I’m ready now to start now. The paneling is so dark my house is so depressing. Please share some advice again? 🤓

5 answers
  • Zard Pocleeb
    on Dec 18, 2018

    I have painted the paneling walls in my house. I just painted them like normal drywall without any prep. That was several years ago and they still look great.

  • Twyla J Boyer
    on Dec 18, 2018

    Degloss first. Prime second. Then two coats of paint. Paint in the grooves first then roll the walls like regular walls.

  • Dee
    on Dec 18, 2018

    Clean off the paneling first with a cleaner degreaser. Then prime with a good stain blocking primer like Kilz or Zinser 123. If it is very dark paneling put 2 coats of primer on. Use a good roller or mohair roller. Then paint the color of your choice. If you want to get rid of the lines fill with wood filler. But I think paneling looks like vertical shiplap once painted and looks great.

  • William
    on Dec 18, 2018

    Make sure the paneling is clean and dry. Prime with a good stain blocking primer like Kilz. Then paint like painting regular walls. Acrylic latex paint will work. If the paneling has grooves you can fill them with non shrink drywall patching compound. Just put on enough to fill the grooves. Let it dry overnight. Next day use a damp sponge to smooth the patch. Then prime and paint.

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