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Old 11-06-2005, 10:41 AM   #1
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need to paint paneling

I plan to paint over paneling. What is the right way to get it done?


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Old 11-06-2005, 01:16 PM   #2
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I have a couple of clients that are well slumlords, and have painted quite a bit of paneling for them. My advise is to use a decent acryllic paint and shoot it on with an airless sprayer.


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Old 11-06-2005, 02:19 PM   #3
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I scuff sand it, primer it with BIN, and use a couple of coats of good quality latex
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Provided that it is not the plastic coated stuff.
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Old 01-18-2006, 08:38 PM   #5
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If you want to get crazy, you can prime it and do 2 or 3 skim coats of mud over the paneling to take out the lines. This may or may not be a good option depending on the condition of the paneling, whether you want to take out the lines, or the difficulty of removing the paneling.

Obviously all of this depends on how much money, time, and effort you want to put into this.

Painting is always the easiest way to go.

Hope this helps,
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Old 01-19-2006, 06:04 PM   #6
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You could also use Benmoore's Cover Stain, Qd30 or XIM for primer coat. all oil products.

Proper prep is essensial. Read Labels.

I wouldnt recommend skimming. Unless you could nail the paneling off like you would for preping a tile or vinyl floor. Paneling is flexable and it wouldnt take much for the compuond to split.

Look at some Faux painting books also... some will tell you how to do strips on paneling. Give it a better look.


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Old 01-23-2006, 08:02 PM   #7
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i just did this for a laundromat, i used kilz 2, its a latex primer, this is good to use cause the wood paneling will bleed the stain threw the paint if its not done right, you can paint right after you prime(dry) - for paint-if its a light color and it has bleed threw the primer you should prim again-if you are useing a dark color it should be ok given that you have to do 2 coats anyways to hide the primer- dont use glidden too thin hope this helps
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Remove Paneling

it's worth the trouble,for less trouble down the road.i feel the same way about wallpaper.remove it remove it remove it.
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Old 03-19-2006, 01:40 PM   #9
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Only problem with removing paneling, is why did they panel in the first place? Every time I've removed the paneling (previous owners redid the entire downstairs in paneling) I've had to remove the plaster and one job leads to a whole can of worms. I've painted some of my paneling and it actually looks pretty good. (I used a primer before hand). Forget about getting rid of the lines, they will pop out.


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