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Cheap wall paneling sand restain or not?

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08-17-06, 04:47 AM   #1  
Cheap wall paneling sand restain or not?

We recently bought a new house and we have this really cheap wood wall paneling through out downstairs we want to know if the wall paneling can be striped sanded and restain with color of our choice. I say it is cheaper to buy sandpaper, stripper and stain then it is to replace all the paneling boyfriend seems to think to big of a job and hassle need feed back so that we can be better informed before actually starting the job. any feed back can be emailed to me at ********** with Paneling whoa in the subject. Thank you

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08-17-06, 05:08 AM   #2  
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It is very doubtfull that the paneling can be stripped and restained. Usually the wood veneer is so thin that stripping it would ruin it, possibly compromising its bond with the plys underneath it.

The only viable options are to replace it or paint it. Painting requires a light sanding and then priming with a solvent based primer to assure adhesion of the paint.

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08-17-06, 05:13 AM   #3  
Type of material used to make paneling will determine what can be done with it. If it is solid wood, then it could be stripped, sanded down to raw wood, stained, and new surface finish applied. That's a lot of work!

If paneling is wood veneer, it's likely that the veneer layer is not thick enough to allow sanding of stain so that it can be restained. If paneling is MDF or other material that is not wood and has a vinyl covering, it can not be sanded and stained but could be painted. If paneling is wood veneer, other options are to paint paneling or to do a glaze over existing finish. Depending on type of paneling, you can explore finish options at a local paint store.

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