DIY: How to Paint Over Paneling

Wood paneling is found mostly in older homes and gives a dark and dated appearance to any room that it occupies. Removing wood paneling is a tough process and can take hours of hard work; however you will be pleased to learn that painting over wood paneling is not complicated and can be completed in a timely manner. This article is going to take a look at how to paint over paneling with some tips and tricks to make the process as smooth as possible.

Materials Needed


Paintbrush (small and medium sizes)

Painters tape

Primer (tinted B.I.N primer)

Latex paint

Drop cloth

120-180 grit sandpaper

Protective eyewear and dust mask

Paint roller (optional)

Spackle and putty knife

How to paint over wood paneling

1. You need to first fix any holes and imperfections found in the paneling by using spackle or wood filler. If the paneling was covered by wallpaper it is most likely it has some damage; you have to fill in any holes and chips before painting.

2. After filling in any holes you will then need to wait for the spackle to settle; once the spackle is dry and settled you will then need to sand the paneling. Use a medium grit (120-180) for best results; what you are doing is making it easier for the paint to stick to the surface.

3. Once the sanding is complete you need to remove all the dust and then proceed to clean the paneling. You can use a mild soap with warm water.

4. You will want to lay painters tape to avoid any paint from getting on the ceiling or floor. Skipping the painters tape step can turn this relatively easy project into a DIY home improvement nightmare.

5. Lay a drop cloth out and prepare to apply the B.I.N. primer, which can be found at most local hardware stores and large home improvement stores. Do not cheap out on the primer as you will have more frustration than success. You can tint the primer to match the color you want for your wall; therefore bring your sample color in to a hardware store and ask them to tint the primer to match the paint for wood paneling.

6. Apply the first coat of primer and allow drying. After the first coat is dry check to see if the wood paneling is showing through the primer, if it is you need to apply a second coat, if not you can skip the second coat.

7. Allow the primer to dry before attempting to paint with your latex paint. Using high quality paint will give better results; my advice is to ask a paint representative in your home improvement store what paint they supply that would be best for the project. You can use either a paint roller or paintbrush; however a paint brush is easier to use to get into the small cracks and grooves. Using a paintbrush also makes it easier to avoid any unwanted paint on the ceiling, neighboring walls, or the floor.

8. Apply the first paint coat and allow drying. After the first coat has been dried you will want to apply a second coat. Once the second coat is dry you can then remove the painters tape and the project is done.

9. You have successful painted over wood paneling and it wasn’t that bad!




Personal experience working for a local hardware store

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