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Old 09-11-2011, 08:54 PM   #1
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I have wood paneling in one room that has been painted over a couple times. I hate the look of it and want it covered (the whole rest of the house is drywall). I attempted to tear one panel off and found it was glued and nailed to 1/4" drywall underneath. Here's what I've found through research; what is the easiest option?

1. Tear off all the old paneling (which will really damage the underlying drywall), then hang new 1/4" drywall right over it. This would then have to be covered in mud, etc, primed, and painted.

2. Hang new 1/4" drywall over the paneling, mud, prime, paint.

3. Clean the paneling, cover the grooves with fiberglass tape, then mud, prime, paint.

4. Clean, cover with a wall liner, prime, then paint.

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I choose #2.

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#2 will save you the most time......for now. I have a home with a LOT of drywall over previous wall coverings, and its a real pain if you need to get into the wall for anything.
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The problem I see with drywalling over the paneling is none of the trim, outlets, etc will match up anymore.
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The problem I see with drywalling over the paneling is none of the trim, outlets, etc will match up anymore.
True but there is going to be a trade off one way or the other, it just depends which you rather do, modify the trim or the labor to remove the paneling, either way you will have to take the trim off or do some really close sheet rock cutting.
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I have filled paneling grooves with hot mud (no tape), sanded and painted. You could never tell the wall wasn’t drywall.
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I choose door number 4. I have done this soooo many times and the results have always been good. No changing outlets, no possible mud cracking out of a joint and a lot less mud work to do to get to a good paintable surface.
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I'd do #1.

Yes - most time consuming. But I wouldn't stop at the old drywall - I'd just tear it all down, hang new sheets - mud tape - enjoy the freshness.

I absolutely hate leaving up old work and just 'living with it' underneath.

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