How to Paint Wood Paneled Walls How to Paint Wood Paneled Walls

What You'll Need
Hammer and finish nails
Grease cutting detergent (trisodium phosphate)
Rags, sponge and scrub brush
Wood filler
120-grit sandpaper
Tack cloth
Latex Paint (washable flat finish)

A perfect way to overcome the dated look of wood paneled walls in any room is to paint directly over the wood. With a little elbow grease and a few coats of paint, a dark, gloomy room will be transformed into a modern, inviting retreat.


Step 1 - Repair Loose Panels

Inspect the wood paneled walls closely to determine whether any joints or seams need repairing. Using finish nails, hammer them into any raised seams or joints. If any corners have lifted, nail them in place as well.

Step 2 - Clean Paneling

Using a sponge, rags and scrub brush, clean the walls thoroughly with a commercial grade grease solvent or trisodium phosphate. Rinse the cleaner off with clear water and wipe with clean rags.

Step 3 - Prepare Paneling

Prepare the walls with high grade bonding primer. Fill any holes with wood putty. If the texture of the wood is grainy, fill small holes with your finger to avoid any large smooth areas that a putty knife would create. Caulk all seams and large gaps. Allow all sealants and fillers to cure for 24 hours.

Step 4 - Final Finishing of Paneling

Lightly sand any areas that contain wood filler with 120-grit sandpaper. Clean off all the dust with a tack cloth or a damp rag. Allow the surface to dry thoroughly before painting. With a roller and paintbrush, apply at least 2 coats of high quality latex paint. A washable flat finish will reduce the appearance of any imperfections in the wood paneled walls.

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