Painting over paneling is a cheap, fast decorating fix that can bring a new sense of space and light to a room. Especially if the panels are worn, dark, or out-of-date. It’s a good way to go if remodeling and plasterboard or wallboard is not an option. Just like a kitchen remodel, think of it as a permanent design change because it can not be undone. Panels have a smooth surface that does not immediately accept paint. But painting it is relatively easy if the surface is properly prepared first. An easy grinding before the primer coat will encourage primer and paint adhesion. Use a 100-sandpaper grain to roughen the smooth surface on panels. After grinding, use a cloth to dry the wall and clean the dust left. Finally wipe the walls with a chemical dyeing liquid to remove any traces of panel’s old finish.
Apply a good quality latex primer to painting over paneling to give it a surface that can accept paint without scaling and blistering become a problem down the road. The other advantage of priming covers the color and grain of wood panels. Without a good primer coat. It may take three or more layers of paint to cover panels sufficiently. So no traces of the tree show through. Primer can be tones to closely match the color of the paint that will be used as well. Thin your primer in the same shade or a shade or two brighter and there will be only one. Or two layers of paint needed to cover dark paneled walls.
If you want to get rid of the grooves in panel’s altogether. Just use the spackle or sealant to fill them. But only after the primer coat. Then the spackle staples properly. If the finish coat will be semi-gloss, the spackle will be grounded as well prior to applying semi-gloss paint. Cutting in refers to painting about three inches inward along the edges and corners of the walls with a brush before painting over paneling wall surface with a roll. The distance should be wide enough to cover areas paint rolls cannot reach or anywhere the roller can scrape and mark adjacent ceilings and floors.
If you want to leave the texture of the grooves, they will not easily cover a roll when applying primer or paint. Paint the wall panels with a paint roller like any other wall surface. As you roll on the first layer of paint, paint the grooves with a brush, mix with the rolled surface to hide brush strokes. On the other coat, do not uses the brush at all, or it will show its signature. Just use the drum on the second layer that the grooves will already be covered. When using a shiny paint (semi-gloss or gloss), if you paint all the grooves with a brush before rolling, brush strokes will never go away and will be very clear. Then go over brush strokes with a roll on the first layer.
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