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PAINTING WOOD PANELING


Wooden paneling, a fad of the sixties and seventies, has certainly declined in popularity. Originally put up instead of drywall, it is completely outdated. Wooden paneling is not the easiest to replace, and it can get a little pricey to replace the paneling with drywall. If you have this wooden paneling in your home, do not fear. there is another way to fix this. paint! It is easy to paint the wooden paneling, and it looks great too! In a matter of just a few hours, you can cover that dreary paneling.

It is important to prepare the area, by properly cleaning and deglossing the paneling, if you want good, lasting results.

Here are the supplies you will need to complete your project: liquid deglosser, oil/shellac-based primer, latex eggshell or satin finish paint, 3/8" nap paint roller, 2" nylon-poly brush, and painters' tape.

How-to:
  • Clean the paneling

  • Tape off all ceilings, windows, and anything else touching the area you will be painting.

  • Apply deglosser to ensure that your paint will adhere to the paneling. (This is not necessary if you sand the paneling with fine-grit sandpaper, but it sure is easier than sanding.) This is done with a clean cotton rag. Apply the paneling with the rag in 4-5 foot strips. Allow the paneling to dry the specified amount of time on the label. After each five foot strip that you apply, move onto the next step, finishing out the current panel, before working on the next panel. The reason for this is that the deglosser only works for a set amount amount of time after the application. So the primer must be applied during that time (this generally under and hour). So it will really work like this: degloss, prime, next panel.degloss, prime, next panel..

  • Choose a primer. Oil based primers are best for this project. They cover the stains better and stick better as well. If you are going darker with the paint, use a tinted primer.

  • Apply the primer with a brush and roller. The brush allows you to get the areas that a roller cannot (this is called "cutting in"). Allow to completely dry.

  • Painting: apply the eggshell/satin finish paint on the entire area. Use the 2" brush to "cut in" the edges of the paneling and to get into the grooves of the paneling that can not be done with the 3/8" nap roller. Let the paint sit for 6-8 hours before a second application.

  • Gently remove the tape. YOU'RE DONE!

IT IS IMPORTANT TO HAVE A WELL VENTILATED ROOM FOR THIS PROJECT, AS THERE ARE MANY UNHEALTHY FUMES!

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