Painting or Drywalling?

jillcat29March 19, 2013

I purchased a manufactured home that was set on a foundation, with a basement, in 1997. I just purchased it this past December. I'm anxious to do Something with the walls, but I am not sure what is the best idea... Should I just paint over the walls or should I drywall over the vinyl paneling? Should I take out the strips and just mud in the seams and then paint? Anyone who may have just taken out the strips in the past and puttied over them and then painted - how is it holding up?? I have gotten several opinions from people, but none from people who actually live in manufactured homes, so I thought I would try this out. Any suggestions/advice would be great! thanks!

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I wouldn't drywall over vinyl paneling. If you want to drywall I would remove the vinyl then you can add additional insulation then drywall. Removing the strips and filling the seams is a loser on vinyl paneling. Your filler will show up alot smoother than the vinyl and the paint will make the seams standout. You can leave the strips as is and paint over the vinyl with a quality paint. I have done each way and when I removed the strips and filled in the seams I wallpapered. I don't like the strips myself but the right color paint helps me adjust to them.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2013 at 7:36PM
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Removing the paneling and drywalling is exactly what I was going to try to do - especially to be able to add extra insulation (particularly in the master bedroom) - but I was trying to decide if it was worth it. I think I'll try it both ways (removing the paneling and just painting over the paneling) in different rooms. I really appreciate the advice. Thank you!

    Bookmark   March 20, 2013 at 8:31AM
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I live in a MH. We have removed the strips , filled in, taped, sanded, etc. Done properly, it will hold up. The key with painting over the awful MH printed walls is to use primer before painting them. If you have the vinyl type walls, you can paint those too. Just make sure that you use a primer that is made for that type wall so that your paint will adhere to it properly.

If you have the patience to remove the strips and finish the cracks, you will be very happy with the look of your new walls, but it is a lot of work!

If I were putting new sheetrock over the old, I would not pull the old out.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2013 at 8:54PM
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I painted my kitchen 2 years ago and it has held up really well. I used Kilz (misspelled) primer and 2 coats of kitchen and bath paint. Hope this helps.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2013 at 9:26PM
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