How to Paint Paneling
For more pictures of the paneling I painted
in my home press HERE.
Can paneling be painted over?
Yes, paneling can be painted with excellent
results, if you are willing to put in the time. It's not a job that
can be done in one Saturday afternoon. I'm an experienced painter and
it was still an extremely time consuming process, but the results
were worth it.
Do the lines and texture in the paneling
look funny once its painted?
No, I think that they actually give the
wall some character like a very subtle wallpaper.
How do you do it?
The most time consuming and crucial part is
properly preparing the walls:
all nails used to hang things on the wall, outlet and lightswitch
covers, and grease and grime.
the walls if they need it.
off the glaze so the paint will stick. Use a 100-120 sandpaper. An
electric sander works best.
4.Remove the dust with a damp cloth or
sponge, rinsing frequently.
Once that's done, you can get out the
brushes and rollers:
a high quality, stain-blocking primer. I used KILZ.
the primer is on, you can see all the nail holes and the gaps between
the paneling and the trim strips. Using a caulking gun, fill all the
cracks between adjacent sheets of paneling and between the paneling
and the trim. Smooth the caulking out with your finger. Small holes
can also be filled with caulk using your finger. This is extremely
time-consuming but well worth the extra effort.
applied a second coat of primer at this point, but it may not have
the top coat of paint. I used semi-gloss latex on the paneling and
oil-base high gloss on the trim.
also replaced all of the brown electrical outlets and light switches
with white ones.
E-mail me: eddington at byu edu
This page was
last modified Dec. 22, 2005.