Painting over paneling can make a HUGE difference in updating any room. Its not the easiest paint job but its much faster and cheaper than ripping it down and installing drywall. Some paneling is more difficult to paint than other. However it can all be painted with these easy steps. Grants Painting can professionally paint your paneling in the Indianapolis Area.
- Lightly sand the paneling – Use a grit that will “get into it” a bit but NOT make huge scrapes. You just want to take some of the gloss and grime off. If you use a power sander stay at 100+ grit. An 80 grit will work for most sponge or pole sanders. Use your best judgement, some paneling is softer than others.
- Prime the paneling – Water based primers are generally are a poor choice for painting paneling. They don’t adhere as well and don’t block most dyes used in paneling. Personally I like BIN Primer which is an alcohol based primer. Its designed to dry before anything can soak through it. A quick dry oil based primer will also do well but breathing the solvent in oil is much worse than the alcohol.
- Painting the paneling – Use ONLY the best paint. That does not necessarily mean a 2 in 1 paint. Start with cutting in the ceiling and trim like you normally would. Use a roller that is thick enough to get the paint in the cracks. Just like in the picture. Do this for both painting And priming the paneling.
Extra Tips and Tricks for Painting Paneling
- Use a nylon or nylon mix roller
- Your Roller should be 1/2 in nap or bigger
- Have the BIN Primer SHAKEN at the STORE. Make sure to shake it again every time you pour some out
- If the dye soaks through the primer, wait for it to dry and re prime
- Remember if you are using BIN primer… Denatured Alcohol is what you clean up with
- Let the roller dry up when you are done. The solvent is more costly than a few cheap rollers
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