A room with wood paneling doesn't have to look dated or drab. While removing the panels is a possibility, a simple makeover solution involves selecting a paint in a colorful hue. It may be tempting to jump right in and begin painting, but wood paneling really does need to be sealed with a coat of primer. Primer will keep tannic acid from leaching through your topcoat, as well as help the paint bond to the surface of the wall.
Things You'll Need
- Alkyd-based primer
- 1 ½-inch angled paintbrush with natural bristles
- Mineral spirits
- Roller handle
- 2 roller sleeves
- Paint pan
- 2 paint pan liners
- Sanding block
- Latex paint
- 1 ½-inch angled paintbrush with synthetic bristles
Apply the primer along the outer edge of the wood paneling with an angled natural-bristle brush. Take care not to get any primer on the ceiling or trim.
Use the brush to apply paint to the groove between panels. Run the brush over the same area more than once to distribute excess paint before it causes drips.
Clean oil-based primer off the brush with mineral spirits. Swish the brush in several changes of mineral spirits. Wipe the brush off on a rag.
Roll primer onto the panels with a paint roller. Roll over any lap marks to ensure that the final coat of paint is smooth and free of textures.
Run your hand over the primed panels. If the surface feels rough, you can sand it lightly with a sanding block. Wipe off the walls afterwards with a damp rag to remove dust.
Coat the primer with paint as soon as the manufacturer recommends. This will help the paint bond to the primer.
Cut in the paint along the edge of the walls with an angled synthetic-bristle brush. Fill in recessed areas where the roller can't reach.
Roll paint on the panels in small sections. Apply paint in a horizontal direction. Do a final pass of the roller in a vertical direction.
Expect to apply two coats of paint. Wood panels can be porous.
Wash your brush with soap. Rinse it under running water. Re-lather the brush with soap, if necessary.
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