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Question DetailsAsked on 5/11/2011

How do I prepare paneling for painting?

What is the recommended way to paint over stained knotty pine paneling for the first time? The walls of my family room are covered with paneling that I would like to paint. Should it be sanded? Is a particular type of primer recommended first? How many coats of primer? Anything else that should be done to prepare the surface? Thanks.

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Your paneling probably already has some type of stain or varnish on it, so you’re going to need it sanded down first. Then wash the walls with a trisodium phosphate wash so your primer and paint don’t stick to dirt or dust. The knots are going to keep soaking in the paint, so you should consider schelacking them. After that, prime and paint!

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