How do I paint over wood paneling ?

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  • Janerose Janerose on Jul 13, 2020

    when we moved in our paneling had been laid sideways with paper on the top half of the wall...I sanded it lightly wiped off the dust and primed before painting

  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Jul 13, 2020

    Hi Jeannie I would first just make sure its really clean and then after that just prime and paint like a normal wall.

  • Gk Gk on Jul 13, 2020

    I would clean it well, use a stand alone primer (not a paint and primer together), and then regular wall paint in any color you choose!

  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Jul 13, 2020

    Clean it with TSP solution, and then decide if you were going to try to fill in the spaces between the panels. That’s a huge amount of work, and my experience has been drywall mud works well. That’s two extra steps, including sanding and re-cleaning.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Jul 13, 2020

    Proper prep can yield a successful job. After walls are clean —prime and paint.

    We have a log cabin and too much wood is dark and dreary.

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

    I think you’ll be really pleased with your results. Best wishes in your painting adventure!

    Heres helpful links!

    I hope this helps!

  • Dee Dee on Jul 13, 2020

    Clean the paneling with a cleaner degreaser. then use a bonding, stain hiding primer. Use a good acrylic paint and use a roller or sprayer. I did my paneling several years ago, and it still looks fantastic.

  • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on Jul 13, 2020

    Here is a nice video tutorial for you:

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Jul 13, 2020

    When we've painted paneling, a good cleaning comes first. Then, because I didn't like the grooves, I filled them with spackle. If you go over them with a damp sponge, you will save yourself some sanding and dust. Be sure to use seal with a product like Kilz before painting. The paint counter at most stores like Lowe's or Home Depot or a hardware store with a good paint department can tint the Kilz to the color you are painting, which helps save the amount of paint you end up having to apply. The last one I did, we did a soft off white creamy color called linen. You would have never known how it started out, dark with black grooves, and nail holes, which I patched. It was fresh and clean after a bit of work. Good luck and stay safe!

  • Janice Janice on Jul 13, 2020

    Painting paneling makes a huge difference in the feel of a room. Just be sure the paneling is clean, use a primer, and then paint. Some people even fill in the vertical indentions but they actually add some interest if you keep them. Your choice! You can paint with a roller.

  • Peggy L Burnette Peggy L Burnette on Jul 13, 2020

    Hi Jeannie, hope this helps you paint over your wood paneling. How to Paint Wood Paneling - Bob Vila › articles › how-to-paint-wood-panel...

    STEP 1: Clean the wall paneling with diluted TSP. STEP 2: Lightly sand the wood paneling. STEP 3: Protect the floor from paint splatter using drop cloths and painter's tape. STEP 4: Apply two thin coats of stain-blocking primer. STEP 5: Apply at least two thin coats of paint.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jul 14, 2020


    If this is indoor, use a brush for the groves and a roller for the rest. or use Paint Runner Pro" for the whole job!

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jul 14, 2020

    Clean with tsp, prime, then 2 coats of paint. I would recommend Bullseye 1-2-3 primer. I did it 25 years ago. Except where my daughter's bed hit the wall when she would "flop" onto it, it still looks perfect.