Painting wood paneling is the perfect opportunity to change the look of your room. Depending on if you do it yourself or with the help of a painting company, a fresh coat of paint will do wonders for your room. Also, painting wood paneling is an easier way to change the look of your room than if you were to completely redo your walls. Not to mention that painting wood paneling will cost you less than replacing your walls. It is important to note, however, that you should work in a ventilated area, seeing as the paint fumes might be too strong to handle. You should even consider wearing a respirator for good measure. With the right tools, paint, primer, and preparation, painting wood paneling should not be a difficult process. Let’s dig into everything you need and the step-by-step process!
Painting Wood Paneling
Tools and Materials
- Paint roller frames
- Paint mixers
- Disk and orbital sanders
- Drop cloths
- 150-grit sandpaper
- Painter’s tape
- Putty knife
- Faux finish wall paint
Prepare the surface
Before starting any home renovation project, you should always have a clean and dry surface to work with. With a soft sponge, water, and a dishwashing liquid, you can easily scrub off any dirt and grease from the surface. For best results, you should use a heavy-duty degreaser, but using a dishwashing liquid will get the job done as well. Now that the surface is clean, you can now fill holes and grooves. With your putty knife in hand, apply the caulk to fill any nail holes. If you notice any excess caulk, scrape it off, so that it does not stay there. Then, allow for it to dry until it hardens. Just a tip: if you have any groove lines on your paneling, use a caulk gun in order to have a smooth surface.
Time to prime then paint!
When painting wood paneling, you should use an oil-based primer or a stain-blocking latex primer. Using your paint roller, apply only a thin amount of primer and use your paintbrush to fill any grooves you notice. The primer should usually dry for a full day before you start painting. In addition, use painter’s tape before painting the paneling, in order to mask off windows, doors, and the ceiling. It is now time to start painting! Start painting at the top of the wall and slowly work your way to the bottom. For this particular project, it does not matter whether you decide to use a paint roller or paint brush, just so long as you smooth any drips. Before applying a second coat of paint, wait for the first coat to dry properly. Lastly, remember to remove the painter’s tape before the paint dries. When cleaning up, close the remaining paint cans and clean all paint brushes/rollers with soap and water.
Sanding the wood paneling
The next vital step is to start sanding the surface. In order to paint paneling the proper way, you need to make sure that the surface can hold paint. Since the majority of paneling use a sheen finish, the paint will not adhere to the surface. To get the paint to adhere to the surface, you sand the walls and mouldings using 150-grit sandpaper, to remove the finish previously on the paneling. Then, use a damp cloth to get rid of any dust and residue on the panel.
There are three types of latex based paints: alkyd-modified, vinyl-acrylic and 100 percent acrylic. Alkyd-modified latex paints work very well with exterior jobs and especially for siding that have peeled, chalked, and flaked. Vinyl-acrylic is perfect for interior walls and is highly inexpensive. For high performance paint jobs, you should use 100 percent acrylic because it is great with adhesion and retains color well. Something to consider: do not use latex paint on wood or steel because the steel will rust and subsequently, will raise the grain on the wood.
Painting wood paneling
Painting wood paneling is the perfect opportunity to change the look of your room, without having to completely redo your walls. Depending on if you do it yourself or with the help of a painting company, a fresh coat of paint will do wonders for your room. If you decide to paint wood paneling in a light colour or a matte black, a fresh colour will keep your house looking vibrant.
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