How To Paint Over Wood Paneling

We know first-hand how difficult it can be to mask that wood paneling from the 1970s and 80s. The good news is wood paneling can be painted over – as opposed to going through the trouble of having to replace it. Changing the color of the wood panels will help achieve a more updated look that you will love.

This is a simple task, but it will, unfortunately, take some time to achieve. Fortunately, the pros at Texas Professional Painting are here to walk you through it – step by step!

Where Do I Start?

First things first, make sure the paneling that you will be painting is free of any dust, dirt or oil. We would suggest using a mild cleaner and water. Use a rag to gently rub the mixture over all of the panels. Having a clean surface to paint over will make a huge difference in the overall look.

Once your walls are dry, start to lightly sand it down, and wipe away any dust left behind. This will take away any gloss or shine. Sanding down the walls is not required unless you have a super mirror finish, which most walls do not. You’ll typically find sanding down the paneling is worth it, though.

What’s Next?

Just like painting any other wall, you need to mask off the ceiling, trim and baseboards so they will be protected from any paint. Now it’s time to start painting. You’ll want to do two thin layers of primer. This will help to take out any imperfections and will allow for a good base for the colored paint. Definitely look for ones that say “stain-blocking.” This will help hide any knots that show throughout the wood paneling.

Final Steps

Now apply at least two thin coats of paint. A satin finish will be best for durability. Use a 2-inch angle brush to cut in at the corners. This will be good to get in all the grooves of the wood. For the bigger areas, switch to a paint roller – preferably a foam sponge roller cover. This will help avoid a weird texture on the panels. Lightly sand in between the two coats, and wipe out any excess buildup of paint on the grooves. You don’t want it to get clumpy.

Voila! Gone are the wood panels you were sick of seeing, hidden with some fresh paint.

Don’t think you can pull this off on your own? Contact Texas Professional Painting today so we can take care of it for you!

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