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!

Interior painting and home painting play a huge role in what makes your house unique and catered to your liking.

Having a professional painter help decide what would look best in the space you have will really make your home stand out against others.

There are, however, some simple features you can add to your walls to increase the value of your home and make it pop.

Crown Molding

Crown molding is made out of a decorative molding and installed at the top of an interior wall. It makes the wall have more dimension and appear more high-end. Crown molding can also go on the tops of doors and will slightly protrude out.

Trim

Adding trim to doorways or hallways will help make the area appear more upgraded. A simple, white trim around the walkway will upscale any area.

This may sound like it’s going to be difficult to achieve yourself and that a professional would need to be hired – but it’s not! It is a simple D-I-Y project that anyone can handle. You can find several tutorials on YouTube or the web.

Finishes

There are multiple types of finishes for paint on walls. Different finishes are used in different areas of the home. For instance, gloss finish will hold up better on walls that are frequently touched or that you go near often.

This type of paint finish will last longer than others, such as eggshell. One downside of a gloss finish is that it doesn’t hide imperfections well. The good news is it is very simple to touch up.

Textured Walls

Textured walls and ceilings are also a great way to make an area more up to date. Ceilings can be textured easily with the use of a paint roller, although it can be very messy.

Wainscoting is a popular decorative wall trim used to add texture to an ordinary wall and to make it appear more appealing to the eye. The height can vary depending on the look you are going for.

What’s Next?

By adding these simple options to your doorways and walls, your area will start to feel more like a home. If you need help with a paint job in your home, give Texas Professional Painting a call!

There are a ton of variables that go into determining how to achieve the perfect finish – things like the existing paint color, the new paint color, the type of paint and much more. Although there might not be one answer to how many coats of pain you need on your wall, we want to provide a formula to help determine how many coats are likely needed for whatever your interior painting scenario may be.

 

Primer

Primer is a painter’s best friend. By applying primer to your walls before the new color, you are essentially turning your wall into a blank canvas. I know some of you may be thinking, “but that’s just extra coats I have to paint.” Yes and no. While primer may be an extra coat or two, it is preventing you from having to paint coat after coat of your color – and primer helps avoid walls with streaks. So how many coats of primer do you use? Here is your answer:

  • One coat if:
    • The primer you’re using is tinted
    •  You are painting over a white or very light pre-existing color
  • Two Coats if:
    • Pre-existing paint color is darker than the new paint color
    • Wall you’re painting is unfinished wood
    • Wall you’re painting on is unfinished drywall or plaster
  • No Primer if:
    • Paint is 2-in-1 or self-priming

As you can see, the workload involved in your next painting project depends on the pre-existing paint color, the wall texture and even the paint itself. Once you are all primed up, it should typically take one coat of the new paint color to achieve the flawless finish you are looking for, as long as you are using quality paint.

 

For more information about achieving an even finish for your next painting project, call Texas Professional Painters!

 

 

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