Asked on May 17, 2019

How can I paint my original maple paneling walls?



I would like to brighten up my den and kitchen by painting the walls and kitchen cabinets. I have the original hard maple wall with dark knots in it, and would like to know the quickest way and cost efficient way to complete this job. I’ve read about using a deglosser and liquid sander before painting to speed up the process.

4 answers
  • Kathy Gunter Law
    on May 17, 2019

    I did some knotty pine paneling about 15 years ago. I cleaned, primed with Kilz Original, then painted with Behr paint & primer in one. It has held up great except where my daughter would "land" on her bed and the posts would hit the wall. There are a few knicks in the paint from that.

  • Jeffree
    on May 17, 2019

    I am in the process of painting some pine furniture that is very dated. I'm using Behr's Marquee line in semi-gloss and it covers beautifully in one coat. No sanding or priming necessary.

  • William
    on May 18, 2019

    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.

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