Asked on Jan 27, 2020

How can I paint wood paneling to make it look smooth?

Becky at Flipping the FlipKmdreamerLifestyles Homes


9 answers
  • Jeremy Hoffpauir
    on Jan 27, 2020

    You should lightly hand sand the paneling before sanding. Apply primer to seal the surface and 2 coats of latex paint with a roller. This should produce a smooth surface.

    Hope this Helps! Jeremy -

  • GrandmasHouseDIY
    on Jan 27, 2020

    Hi Diane, I agree with Jeremy, to get it truly smooth fine grit sand paper over the entire surface should do the trick. Then primer and 2 coats of paint!

  • Peggy Burnette
    on Jan 27, 2020

    Hi Diane, I hope this is what you are looking for to make your painted wood paneling look smooth. Good luck › paint-over-wood-paneling

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  • Annie
    on Jan 27, 2020

    Hi Diane, here is what we did with old wood paneling. Do you have grooves in your paneling? Our project didn't have any sanding at all.

  • Unexpected Elegance
    on Jan 27, 2020

    Yes, I agree with the above comments. A fine grit sandpaper and primer should do the trick. If there are grooves, you will need to fill them in first.

  • William
    on Jan 27, 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.

  • Lifestyles Homes
    on Jan 28, 2020

    I think your “smooth” query was referring to the grooves.

    Yes, drywall compound works and is sandable.

    Painters caulk works too and I tool it with a wet putty knife, as it’s not sandable.

  • Kmdreamer
    on Jan 29, 2020

    I would use a roller fill in any cracks with plaster then paint it.

  • If it's not already smooth, paint is not going to make it smooth, you'll need to fill it in with a joint compound or something similar, sand it, then paint it.

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