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Question DetailsAsked on 5/31/2013

What is the best method for painting over paneling?

The paneling is dark and we want to go light with the paint color.

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This is doable, but too lengthy to put in a response here. I did a bit of playing with google search terms to bring up the desired subject matter. If you google the following search string, at least today the first 5 articles it brings up are all pertinent and seems to cover the subject quite well.

"wood panelling seam filler"

The only specific recommendations I have are:

1) run a broad putty knife over the surface to detect high spots - sand or utility knife trim any high edges, drive below the surface and wood putty fill all nails, then fill the grooves and seams with your selected seam filler

2) be sure to give the panelling a good overall hand sanding in a random circular pattern to roughen it and provide "tooth" for the sealer/paint to stick to. If wood panelling, probably about a 100 grit. If paper panelling, then GENTLY with about 180 grit and don't get carried away, as you can raise the paper fibers and make the subsequent surface rough.

3) be sure to use a primer/sealer, not just a primer, because the hole and seam filler will soak up paint preferentially if you do not use a sealer over it. I would emphatically recommend use of an oil based rather than latex sealer/primer, even though you have to be more careful with it and cleanup is harder. Also, use a fine brush or very smooth roller so it does not leave a surface impression that will reflect through to the finish coat.

4) resand after the primer with about 180 grit paper. This will be especially necessary if you are painting over a paper finish fake panelling.

Good luck

Answered 7 years ago by LCD

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