Older homes may come complete with wood paneling in many rooms. At once a popular design element, paneling is dim and provides a room an obsolete feeling. Eliminating paneling can be costly and time-consuming, often between replacing drywall and plaster. A far easier approach to take care of the problem is to paint it over, giving the paneled room a fresh new appearance.
Prep the area. Cover floors with drop cloths. Mask off with painter’s tape the windows, doors and moldings. This measure will help to eliminate drips or paint smears. Painter’s tape is easily removable and won’t hurt already painted areas in the room.
Wash paneled walls using a cleaner and a degreaser according to the instructions on the packaging. This measure removes dirt, dust and sticky substances from the paneling, allowing the paint to be consumed readily. Wear protective gloves and eyewear. Make certain you keep the room well ventilated. Allow the paneling completely dry before proceeding to the next measure.
Sand that the paneling. This measure is very critical as it removes the glossy surface and”roughs” it up slightly, allowing the paint to adhere to surface. Make sure you wear protective eyewear and gloves when working with a sander. An end sander or a oscillating instrument fitted using a sanding accessory and fine-grit sandpaper will provide you a smooth coating. Sand the entire paneled area. If necessary, use a rotary instrument fitted with a sanding disk or wheel to sand by hand any indentations from the paneling the finish sander might not achieve.
Wipe the walls using a tack cloth to get rid of fine sanding dust that will remain on the walls.
Paint the paneled walls using a primer . The primer will be absorbed into the wood and will seal any present colour or stains that might want to come throughout the paint. Make sure every indentation is covered with primer as well. You might want to use two coats of this primer to completely seal the paneling, based on how dry it is. Allow the primer to dry thoroughly between coats.
Apply the finish coat of paint colour to the walls that are underperforming. Again, you might want to use two coats of paint based upon the coverage of the primer coats. Allow the paint to dry thoroughly before removing the painter’s tape and drop cloths.