Paint over paneling or take off?

by Hil10728081
  6 answers
  • Tmu24762321 Tmu24762321 on Jun 10, 2017
    Naturally easier to paint over existing paneling if surface is in good shape. Use a bonding primer to cover. First of all you'll need to lightly sand paneling and clean for adherence. Then use bonding primer. Then use a good interior paint, that should do it.....

  • Hol23700162 Hol23700162 on Jun 10, 2017
    It depends on your budget. Do you know what's underneath?

    I'm an interior designer with my own business for 17 years. You most certainly can paint over it.

    Post a picture and tell me what your style is in what direction you want to go and I will find a paint color for you.


    High Heel Holly

  • William William on Jun 10, 2017
    Paint it. Its probably glued and nailed up. Removing it may cause damage to the wall and more work to repair. If the paneling has grooves you can fill them with drywall patching compound. Let it dry overnight. Next day go over the compound with a damp sponge to smooth it out. Prime the paneling with a stain blocking primer like Zinsser 123 or BIN. Then paint with your color like painting regular walls.

  • Cindy Cindy on Jun 10, 2017
    Hello Hilaria, I would definitely paint. You never know what's under the paneling. At least with paint you control the color. I would use a roller to paint with and a brush to get in between the lines. Hope this helps.

  • Sharon Sharon on Jun 10, 2017
    I always wash old paneling with TSP and a big car sponge before I paint paneling. Prime and paint, I like a nice satin paint myself as you can scrub it better, and its more durable. If you remove it, your going to encounter, heavy construction glue probably that you will have to sand down, and possibly have to skim coat all the walls to get a smooth finish.... a lot more work and messy.

  • Eroque022810 Eroque022810 on Jun 10, 2017
    I have to agree with Aljosjer, unless you have the money to fix damaged walls that may be due to the nails or glue if that was used as well. Paint the grooves first then the panel. Or you could fill in the grooves with what they use for dryway and sand until flush with rest of paneling and then prime and paint. Or use kill to make sure that no color comes through then paint.