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akradar 11-13-2006 08:02 AM

Painting over panelling?
Okay, Alaskan winters are dark, long and cold.(30 below this A.M):eek: ...... She says, living/dining rooms are like a cave and wants lighter walls. Barring tearing out and re-doing, can panelling be painted? If so, how?

Daryl in Nanoose 11-13-2006 09:57 AM

You bet, Paneling can be painted, here is what I do:
1st- wash with tsp and well rince.
2nd- sand with 150 grit to rough up all the surfaces and vacume up the walls and then go over them with tack cloth.
3rd- Prime with a good quality primer ( I use oil based for best results,You can use Kilz primer for this).
4th- Sand again to smoothen surphace and clean well
5th- At least 2 coats good quality interior paint ( I use Ben Moore paints).

akradar 11-13-2006 05:59 PM

Thanks much, I have a winter project:) :(

idonutn0 01-22-2007 09:27 AM

I had a wall of painted paneling in my living room. It had been done by the previous owner. If you want a quick fix then painting is the way to go. I went ahead and just drywalled on top of the paneling. Everything looks good, and you cant tell a difference between it and the other walls.
Hope this helps.

Rustedbird 01-25-2007 08:31 AM

Paneling can be a fire hazard. Drywalling over it was probably good....if paneling was all that was there. Could get a little thick with two layers of drywall.

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