Many people prefer not to remove their wood paneling in their homes, whether it’s because of the mess it’ll create or the cost to replace it, they are preferring just to paint over it. It can be difficult to paint wood paneling though. Wood paneling finishes vary and can make it tough to get the desired painted look you want, unless you follow some of these tips to get the best look possible.
Choosing the Right Paint
Some wood paneling finishes would do better with a flat paint. If the paneling is paper covered, as many were in the 1960′s and 1970′s, a flat paint would have better coverage and look. Many of flat paints are washable and as durable as the glossy ones.
Before painting wood paneling it needs to be thoroughly cleaned. Although the paneling may look clean, dust, grease, and other particles can be built up on the paneling so it’s important that you wash it with soap and water. You should allow it to dry thoroughly. Some paneling like unfinished coarse wood paneling, may require a soft brush to remove dirt and grease. If you use a brush make sure you wipe the paneling with a clean damp cloth to remove excess water and grime. You should allow the paneling to dry.
Fill the Holes
If you’re paneling has many nail holes, you should fill them now. You can use your finger or a tool, depending on the type of paneling. If you want your wall to have a totally smooth appearance, you may want to fill the grooves of the paneling. If you are filling the grooves, you will need to sand the material slightly to make it smooth with the outer surface (sanding should be done on dry material). When filling holes and/or grooves, you will need to let the filling materials completely dry or the paint will be absorbed and could cause the filler to shrink and leave marks anyway.
Prime the Paneling
To create the best coverage for your chosen paint, the paneling should be painted with a primer. There are many primer’s available on the market. After you’ve applied the primer and it has properly dried, you are ready to apply your paint.
Allow Recommended Drying Time
Many individuals don’t wait for their paint coats to thoroughly dry. It’s important that you follow the recommended drying time of each material used when painting wood paneling.