How To Paint Paneling
By: Danny Lipford
A lot of people are considering painting the 1970s paneling in their own house. Here’s how to go about painting paneling:
- Clean: Clean the paneling to remove any dirt or grease.
- Patch: Putty any nail holes and caulk any cracks, then allow to dry.
- Sand: Lightly sand the surface of the paneling with 100 grit sandpaper to allow the primer to adhere.
- Prime: Paint the paneling using a stainblocking 100% latex primer tinted to match the wall color. Oil-based primer can also be used if desired.
- Paint: Finally, roll the walls with two topcoats of latex wall paint.
When painting the trimwork around the paneling, such as baseboards and door facings, use a similar procedure but use oil-based paint and primer for a smoother, high gloss finish. Watch this video to find out more.
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