How to paint paneling?

What steps do I need to take if we go with painting? What to clean with? Primer?
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How to paint panelling?
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  • Theresa Clark Theresa Clark on Feb 05, 2015
    how do you paint paneling

  • D & K D & K on Feb 05, 2015
    If the surface is actually wood you can clean with a good degreaser or TSP, primer it with a latex primer and then use a quality paint for the final finish. If you're going to roll it on, both paint and primer, use at least a 1/2 inch nap roller so you get down in all the little crevices. Ok, now if it's a vinyl coated paneling the process is almost the same except I wipe the surface with a lacquer thinner just prior to priming to soften the vinyl slightly, use an oil base primer and when dry, top coat with a good quality latex paint.

  • BBB BBB on Feb 06, 2015
    Also , just to add...if you don't want the lines in there you can use joint compound to fill before painting.

  • Melinda Lockwood Melinda Lockwood on Feb 06, 2015
    If you are going to fill with joint compound,let it dry thoroughly and then fill in the cracks that will appear. We did this recently and need to go back now and re-fill the cracks. Another option is to purchase wallpaper that is specifically made to place over paneling. It is thicker than regular paper and has a very slight texture.

  • Susy Wells Susy Wells on Feb 06, 2015
    I live on a open water front . I want to paint my paneling to resemble a whitish fence on the ocean.. Maybe stain a greyish for the lines.. IM NOT Sure just how to do it. Help

  • Lucy Nunn Lucy Nunn on Feb 06, 2015
    I TSP'd, used liquid sandpaper, and tried to skip the zinzer step. I used paint with primer in it and now my paint comes off and has disappointed me. I love the look of painted paneling though. Next time I will make better use of my palm sander. That's my 2 cents. Use a palm sander and good primer.

  • Cindy Hagemann Cindy Hagemann on Feb 06, 2015
    Kilz is the best primer for paneling that I have used. Paint the entire wall including seams with Kilz - let dry 24 hours and then paint. I have done my entire house like this and love the results. The painted paneling has a cottage look that is warm and wonderful. Good luck!

  • Judy Nykiel Judy Nykiel on Feb 06, 2015
    If you have already painted your paneling, can you post some pictures? I worry about what it is going to look like.

  • Jani Wolfe Jani Wolfe on Feb 06, 2015
    We just did ours. It was from the,70's. I cleaned,with 409. We applied KILZ primer and then painted,with a sand color. Looks really nice. We cut the paneling off the top part,of the wall to make the bottom look like bead board. Painted the top wall a lighter sand color.

  • Lorrie glover Lorrie glover on Feb 06, 2015
    My whole house was paneling...we painted it all...Just wipe the walls down good....fill nail holes...put a coat of KILZ on...paint whatever color you like...we used flat paint...looks great...we did it years ago...have repainted several times with no problems!