Old paneling

Old 09-05-02, 07:34 PM
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Old paneling

My family room has solid wood paneling that is at least 10 years old. The stain is dark - walnut probably. I'd like to refinish it somehow and lighten the color to an oak . What is the easiest way to do that. I'd rather not sand it unless that is the only way.

Also, if I can't refinish it, what prep should I do before I paint it?
Old 09-06-02, 12:13 PM
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There is no easy way to remove stain from wood. You can try a commercial stripper, but you may not be pleased with the results. If your primary goal is to lighten the room, I would suggest painting. The prep work required (other than filing any holes and driving flush any popped nails would be to wipe down the surface to be painted with a product called Liquid Sandpaper. (There are other products sold under various names which to the same thing, which is to soften the gloss on the wood and prepare it to receive the paint.)

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