Asked on Jan 20, 2020

What is the best way to paint pressboard paneling?

DeeFiddledd224The Bachelorette Pad Flip


What’s the best way to paint paneling, it’s not real wood it’s like a pressed board type with a shinny surface. Towards the bottom I have spots that are ruined and it’s raised and the top coat is off, can I try to lightly sand it to kinda smooth it so it won’t be so noticeable also?

10 answers
  • Nan W.
    on Jan 20, 2020

    Sheri: Sure! sand those raised spots (I suggest a small power sander.). The PRIME! and put on two coats of a good latex paint. should look lovely! Great idea!

  • Annie
    on Jan 20, 2020

    Hi Sheri, here's what we did with our wood panelled rooms and it looks great. I agree with Nan. Do a little sanding on those raised spots.

  • Pamela
    on Jan 20, 2020

    Hi ! Yes , sand the raised areas with a sanding sponge . Then if the paneling is still pretty shiny you should use a primer first , before painting . We had the ugliest paneling in the house we bought a few years ago . It was white and green !!! Ugh !

    It had only a little sheen , it was 40 years old . We just painted it with out the primer. We used a light gray color and only did 1 coat and it looked great , what a difference !!!!! We took out the old discolored shades and put up white

    mini blinds , totally different looking , now it looks bright & fresh ! Good luck !

  • William
    on Jan 20, 2020

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

  • DD
    on Jan 20, 2020

    Hi Sheri Hope this step by step article helps

  • Kmdreamer
    on Jan 20, 2020

    Yes run your hand over the paneling and when you feel something sand it llightly.after your done paint the paneling it might need two coats .

  • Tinyshoes
    on Jan 20, 2020

    Sheri...Yes you have the right idea..lightly sand other parts and use primer then paint or purchase primer with paint. Good luck

  • The Bachelorette Pad Flip
    on Jan 21, 2020

    Depends if it's laminate or not. If it's laminate, you can try this method:

  • Fiddledd224
    on Jan 23, 2020

    If you can, take a sample of it to the paint department at your home improvement store and ask for their advice. They have products you may not have considered. If you can't bring that then take several good photos instead.

  • Dee
    on Jan 23, 2020

    I would use a high grit sandpaper, like 400 and sand down the rough spots. I have used latex paint on mine where I got water spots from a leak. I actually painted the water spots with a microfiber cloth wrapped around my finger to blend into the paneling.

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