How to Paint Over Wood Paneling

A lot of painting amateurs ask if they can paint over wood paneling or if they have to remove it and put in a different surface. The answer is yes, you can paint on top of wood paneling, but you have to be careful about how you go about it. Each surface you paint on has to be treated differently. You would not paint brick the same way you would paint wood, and we are going to give you some pointers to help you make your wood paneling painting look as good as possible.

Prep First
Before you lay down any paint at all, you need to prepare the surface of the wood for painting. That means cleaning it thoroughly but gently. You don’t want to scrub so hard with abrasive tools that you create a rough texture on the surface of the wood. However, you do want to ensure that you clean thoroughly and that the finished surface is smooth and free from dirt and grime. You can use a dirt remover like Dirtex to help prepare the surface for painting.

If you did anything to the surface that mad it wet, then you need to wait until that water dries completely before you start painting. Water under the surface can create paint bubbles and other irregularities. You can even set up fans to dry out the surface before painting begins.

Then, get rid of the varnish with some sandpaper. You want a smooth, dull wood surface when you are done, and in order to do that, you have to get rid of the varnish. Only press down hard enough for the sandpaper to get rid of the varnish and not so hard that you damage the wood.

Prime the Wood
Next, you will need to prime the wood. If you have prepared the surface perfectly, you can use a latex primer, but in most cases, it is better to use an oil-based primer. There is less risk that you will make a mistake and mess up your paint job with the oil-based primer option. You want to apply the primer in a thin layer.

Only after it has cured should you add a thick layer of paint.

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Apply Your Paint
Now you can put your paint on. Be sure to put on a thin layer first, and then wait for that to dry. After it has dried, you may apply the second, thicker coat. That may sound like a lot of work, and it is, but it can be worth it to have a paint job that looks great for a long time to come.

You have some options when it comes to how you paint your wood paneling and what design you go with. Before you get too deep into the painting process, you can look up a few different design ideas to see what you like the most and to give your house a really eye-catching look.

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