How to Paint Vinyl Paneling


If you would like to finish your vinyl paneling with a coat of paint, you will need to employ a specific preparation strategy or you will not be able to achieve adequate paint adhesion. Because vinyl is a poor candidate for paint, you will need to abrade the paneling with sandpaper, prior to application. In addition, you will need to coat the vinyl paneling with a particular type of paint, depending on its location, or you may end up with a finish that will eventually fail.

Things You'll Need

  • Heavy-duty fabric drop cloth
  • Broom
  • Palm sander
  • 120-grit sandpaper
  • Tack cloth
  • Blue painter's tape
  • Latex bonding primer
  • 5-gallon bucket
  • Roller frame
  • Nap roller cover
  • Extension pole
  • 3- to 4-inch latex paintbrush
  • Satin latex paint
  • Acrylic latex primer
  • Acrylic latex paint
  • Soap coarse brush
  • Open your doors and windows to provide ventilation.

  • Protect the floors beneath the vinyl paneling by covering them with fabric drop cloths.

  • Dust the vinyl paneling with a broom.

  • Enhance adhesion by scouring the vinyl paneling with sandpaper.

  • Wipe the sanded paneling with a tack cloth.

  • Apply painter's tape to portions of the paneling you don't want painted.

  • Coat the sanded vinyl paneling with latex primer, using a roller. Smooth the wet primer, using a paintbrush manufactured for use with latex paints. Wait 2 hours for the primed paneling to dry.

  • Wash all of your painting tools with water.

  • Coat the primed vinyl paneling with satin latex paint. Apply paint to the vinyl just as you did the primer. Wait 2 hours for the painted paneling to dry.

Tips & Warnings

  • Tack cloths are ideal for removing unseen dust particles that can inhibit adhesion. Don't use a plain rag or you could have adhesion problems.
  • If the vinyl paneling is located outdoors, use an acrylic latex primer and paint.
  • If your vinyl paneling is marred with heavy dirt or oily stains, you must clean these with dish soap and a coarse brush prior to sanding.
  • Don't prime over unsanded vinyl paneling or the finish will peel.
  • Don't paint bare vinyl paneling or the paint will fail.

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