Asked on Jan 17, 2020

Can I fix the paint job on these walls?



The area on the right I used Minwax one coat polyurethane which is water based. The darker area on the left is Minwax fast drying which is oil based. I never even thought to check. Is there any way to fix it? TIA!!

9 answers
  • Lifestyles Homes
    on Jan 17, 2020

    You can sand through the water-based product and re-do it in the oil-based product.

  • If you don't like the wood, yes, it can be painted. Be sure to clean it first. Use a good primer and paint. We did something similar in a basement:

    • Debbie
      on Jan 17, 2020

      we do like the wood. We put it there and would like to keep it as original as possible. It’s cedar from trees on our property. Thanks for your info though.

  • Mogie
    on Jan 17, 2020

    You can paint the wood. How much light does the room get? Depending on how light the area is could dictate what color you decide on for the walls. Even though a glossy finish is a tad more resistant to moisture it also shows every defect even more.

    Is this a garage, basement or what exactly? What will this be used for?

    • Debbie
      on Jan 17, 2020

      This is a shop and that wall is the entrance to the house. We love the wood and put it all up ourselves. Would rather not paint it.

  • Dee
    on Jan 17, 2020

    If you like the wood, then what are you trying to fix? The door can be painted a different color and you can get nice entryway table or larger bench and put some bright colors in. Do you have a few more pictures of the area?

  • Vimarhonor
    on Jan 17, 2020

    We had contractors sand and resealed our wooden log walls it was a messy expensive experience. The job ( we started it) was too overwhelming for us as ceilings were very difficult on our neck-joints and muscles.


    Paneling and paint if desperate for change.

    Having a log cabin and too much wood is dark and dreary.

    We are quite pleased the previous homeowner placed paneling over natural cedar logs in two bedrooms and painted it a light color. I would suggest not to hesitate to place paneling to paint for a room brightening update. Our paneling grooves are not filled and I feel its a huge improvement.

    Best wishes in your wall refurb adventure!

    Heres helpful links!

    I hope this helps!

  • Kathy Gunter Law
    on Jan 17, 2020

    I would be careful on sanding, make sure you use a very fine grit so you disrupt the beauty of the wood. Then you will be able to finish it all with the same base. I would agree that replacing the water based with oil based will be the best route to go. It will also last longer and give a richer tone to the wood.

  • Annie
    on Jan 17, 2020

    Are you wanting to keep it wood or do something else?

    I like the wood, but that's a personal thing. If you want to paint over it, here's what we did with old wood paneling. It wasn't the same as yours though...

    • Annie
      on Jan 17, 2020

      Why not try this. You should be able to put 1 more coat of oil based ployurethane on top of the water based. (Oil based can go on top of water based, but not the other way around).

      But try it in a less noticeable area first, just in case it is too dark. Try a thin coat too. Or get a can of oil based polyurethane half as dark. For that one side only.

      I like the wood and am glad you like it too, you've got a country cabin decor started there!

  • Mogie
    on Jan 17, 2020

    You don't want to paint the wood but what about a white wash. You could still see the grain/pattern and it would lighten the walls at the same time.

    Some type of shelving would add storage. I have seen some metal shelving units that add storage (and the shelves are wider then a bookcase). Being very heavy wire they also allow air circulation.

    The walls are also good places to store tools. Peg board is a big help in that area.

    Sure would look nice if you applied an epoxy finish to the floor (I am assuming that it is concrete since it is in a shop). There are some excellent videos on utube that show you exactly how to do this and what the finish looks like and how well it holds up. The epoxy finish would make your floor more water proof and look outstanding as well.

  • William
    on Jan 18, 2020

    Try using mineral spirits on a clean clean cloth in a small spot to see if you can pull some of the oil poly out or lighten the wood.

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