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Asked on Jan 6, 2019

How do I prepare wood paneling before painting it?

VimarhonorKelli L. MilliganWilliam


Should I remove the finish on wood paneling before I paint it? If so, what is the best way to do that?

6 answers
  • Just like with any paint project, prep is they key. This will help you.

  • Rebecca Taylor
    on Jan 7, 2019

    Hi Carol, you will need to lightly sand it until the shiny finish is gone. I would also use a good bonding primer before I paint it.

  • Cheryl Williamsen
    on Jan 7, 2019

    TSP Solution. Double rinse.

    Consider that any surface imperfections will “telescope” right through the paint.

  • William
    on Jan 7, 2019

    Paneling finish is only skin deep. Sanding it you can easily wear down to the substrate. All you need to do is clean it.

    Paint Paneling

    Make sure the paneling is clean and dry. Prime with a good stain blocking primer like Kilz. Then paint like painting regular walls. 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.

  • Kelli L. Milligan
    on Jan 7, 2019

    Wash down with TSP , then sand off the sheen. Prime with oil based primer and paint with oil based paint for the most durable finish. You can do latex, but you have a greater chance of peeling and chipping.

  • Vimarhonor
    on Jan 7, 2019


    We have a log cabin and too much wood is dark and dreary.

    We are quite pleased the previous homeowner placed paneling in two bedrooms and painted it a light color. I would suggest not to hesitare to your paint paneling for a room brightening update.

    I think you’ll be really pleased with your results. Best wishes in your paneling painting adventure! Heres a helpful links to help guide you in he best practices for a successful job! I hope this helps!!

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