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KE2KB 12-28-2008 02:36 PM

Paint for wood paneling?
 
Hi;
I would like to paint over the wood paneling in my finished basement.
It's the 60's stuff, brown with a finish that is probably some kind of lacquer, but definitely not plastic or vinyl.

Someone mentioned to me a while ago that there might be a special primer for this paneling. Is that true, and if so, I hope it's a latex based paint, as I don't want the bother and stink of an oil-based.

Thanks

Nestor_Kelebay 12-28-2008 09:17 PM

Well, the Zinsser's company boasts that their Bullseye 123 primer will stick to a wide variety of smooth surfaces including high gloss polyurethane, galvanized metal and glazed ceramic wall tile.

If it were me, I'd primer the panelling with Zinsser's Bullseye 123, and paint over that with the paint of your choice.

Depending on the colour you want to paint the paneling, maybe have the Bullseye 123 tinted to get a head start on changing the wall colour.

Bullseye 123 is a latex primer.

jensenconstruction 12-28-2008 10:11 PM

We've painted over paneling many times and Zinsser's BIN seemed to work the best. It's pretty strong smelling so make sure you have plenty of ventilation. It's alcohol based so the smell dissipates pretty quick.

KE2KB 12-29-2008 09:47 AM

Thanks guys;
I'm gonna give it a try.
Looks like I've got to make a trip to Lowes, since HD doesn't sell it.

slickshift 12-29-2008 10:28 AM

After cleaning, scuff sanding, and dusting....
The best primer for this is a shellac-based product like Zinsser's BIN
It is also the stinkiest, and kills the most brain cells

If it was a large interior project with little ventilation, my second choice would be an oil-based primer like Zinsser's Cover-Stain

I've used both of these methods successfully

Although both Zinsser and Ben Moore claim they have acrylic (latex) primers that will work in this situation (1-2-3 and Fresh Start respectively), both companies tend to over-market their primers as "do-everything" products when they really aren't the best at everything

If I absolutely had to use a latex, I would use one of them
As I will not warranty my work if a customer insists on my using a latex, I so far have not had to test how well they work

I have, however, had to (try and) fix plenty (of latex primed paneling) that failed

KE2KB 12-30-2008 07:18 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by slickshift (Post 203802)

If I absolutely had to use a latex, I would use one of them
As I will not warranty my work if a customer insists on my using a latex, I so far have not had to test how well they work

I have, however, had to (try and) fix plenty (of latex primed paneling) that failed

I really have no choice but to use a latex. There isn't much ventilation in the basement, since the windows are very small, and now, with it being winter, I cannot keep them open all day, since we use the basement as a gym.

I think I will do some light sanding before priming with the 123 latex. If it lasts 5 years, I'll be OK with it.

Greytguy 12-30-2008 08:54 PM

I had good results with an oil-based primer made by Kilz.


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