How to Paint that Wood Paneling

painted wood wall panelingAs anyone who lived through the 70’s knows, there were some interesting design trends. After the shag carpeting and bold coloring of the 60’s, the 70’s started to take on a more conformed look, and wood started to make a comeback. However, wood often appeared in odd forms and locations you wouldn’t really expect to see wood. Remember the wood paneling on the side of station wagons? This just demonstrates how much of a love affair there was with the material. Wood even popped up on the inside of homes, but not with actual, full limber wall coverings. Instead, it came in the form of wood paneling.

This thicker than wallpaper material gave off that faux-cabin look. Of course now, whether you are just coming out of the wood fad yourself or you purchased a house and want nothing to do with it, there is a right way for home painters to properly paint wood paneling. Naturally, if you do not have the time, energy or patience to do it yourself, you can bring in the professional home painters. But if you’d like a nice DIY project, these are the steps you need to follow.

First, start off with cleaning the panels. Painting wood paneling really is not that difficult, and the major problem comes from not properly washing these down. Dirt and dust often sticks in between the panels, so running over it with a rag to remove any sort of stains or other debris is important.

From there, fill in any nail holes with putty then sand it down in order to smooth it out. You don’t want dimples in your freshly painted wall, and you can avoid this sort of problem by doing this.

With everything ready, you want to gently sand the paneling with a 100 grit sandpaper. This is just going to take the sheen off of the wall but still leave it mostly in tact. If you do not sand it, the paint is going to struggle sticking to the smooth paneling and it will run more. For this very reason, starting with primer is a good idea.

Now that it is sanded down, select a medium nap roller and paint the paneling. If you are alright with having the spaces in between the panels left, paint as-is. However, if you want it to be smooth, fill in the cracks with a caulking gun before hand.

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