Painting Wood Panel Walls

angelnurse5January 30, 2011


I'm in the process of purchasing a 1979 Lancer and it has wood paneled walls throughout the home. I would like to paint the walls in the bedrooms, but don't really know how to make it look nice since there are grooves present. Anyone with experience painting wood paneling in older manufactured homes? Also, if you have pictures I would love to see them for ideas.

Thank you :-)

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Hello! Not sure if I am replying too late, but I just recently went through this in my "new" rental home that had a wood paneled room.

Since we plan to eventually gut the room if we decide to buy the house, I took a short cut. First, I gave the walls a good scrubbing. Then, I sanded (150 grit) all of the paneling and wiped all excess dust away with a damp cloth. Now, this is the part that I skipped: if you plan on keeping the paneling up, you'll probably want to fill the grooves in with some joint compound, using a putty knife. Let it dry and sand out any bumpy spots or ridges. Then you'll be ready to prime and paint. I used BINZ primer on my walls. 2 coats because of the darkness. Let it dry, of course, and then paint on!
I didn't have any problems, and it looks a lot better!

    Bookmark   February 7, 2011 at 12:43AM
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Thank you very much BGlad for responding to my post. No, you did not answer too late. We are planning on closing on the house in the beginning of March. I wanted to have some of the rooms, primarily the bedrooms, painted before we moved in. Thank you again for the information, and I'll let you know how it turned out :-)

    Bookmark   February 14, 2011 at 2:50PM
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Barbara Kelly

HI, We recently purchased a 1978 model with horrible brown paneling. I successfully painted most of it with Behr paint. I picked a lovely shade of green called Home Song, and Jasmine white on the ceilings. I did use the Behr paint with primer in it. It looks great. I didn't do anything with the grooves, just painted them. I will see if I have a photo..

    Bookmark   March 7, 2011 at 6:41AM
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Barbara Kelly

Ok here's a photo..
I hope.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2011 at 7:12AM
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