Painted paneling can look just fine, but there will never be any question what it is. Good quality, well applied primer is going to be extremely important.How do you paint over old outdated paneling ? That's from nineteen hundered and seventy three.
I have been told that it can be done but takes extra steps & procedures.
I don't believe that part was stated anywhere, but probably is the most important. The primer will not stick to liquid gold(wax) that is probably on there.:whistling2:You can paint over some paneling, dependent also on how it is secured (not loose).
In some situations, Home Owners want a quick and temporary improvement. Some paneling has been installed with adhesives that will damage the underlying substrate (which is usually sheetrock) - when removed and creates more work (that may not be at the skill-level of the DIYer to handle such on their own - in an expediant manner).
Again, I would not label or consider it a a permanant soluation, however, I would consider it a temporary and cost effective improvement for some people (not for others).
Would I do it in my own home? I did it in my first house (for the reasons that I listed above) and was very pleased with the outcome, even after 10+ years that I lived there. Not one house guest ever had any idea that there was panelling on that particular room's walls. I've sinced moved.
As stated: Clean the paneling, re-nail & caulk the seams, and treat it with oil-based Kilz or Binz. Later, apply seam tape over joints, and drywall compound over the channels and again over the seams. Coat and sand smooth (just like drywall). Prime & Paint.
It works if it is done right and can hold up for a surprising length of time.
Kilz is not a bonding primer. You need a bonding primer on paneling. Zinsser Cover Stain, kilz's competitor, is, among other Zinsser products.As stated: Clean the paneling, re-nail & caulk the seams, and treat it with oil-based Kilz or Binz. Later, apply seam tape over joints, and drywall compound over the channels and again over the seams. Coat and sand smooth (just like drywall). Prime & Paint.
I"m not too sure how much you want to get into this project, but most walpaper companies have a product designed to cover wallpaper to create a paintable service. Unfortunately it adds another step to the process. I have seen it done, and there are no lines visible on the panel when completed. I did not however see the process. I'd check with the local wall paper dealer for their input.