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Help on repainting paneling

Posted by wi-sailorgirl (My Page) on
Mon, Oct 11, 10 at 22:05

We have wood paneling (tongue and groove) in our house. At one point it was either stained or polyurethaned or something. Years later, someone painted over it with latex paint (rubbing it with denatured alcohol took it off, so that means it's latex, right?)

We now need to repaint it all because some of it is affected by a renovation and it's time for a color change anyway. For the most part, even though it was never primed, it has help up well (it is on one wall and then used as wainscotting on the other living room walls, in the hallway and an additional room). However, even painters tape will pull the finish off.

So the question is, what steps should we take when we repaint. Cleaning it with Dirtex was one of my first plans. Should we prime on top of the existing paint? If so, with what primer ... Zinsser 123?

Please tell me we can get away without sanding it.


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RE: Help on repainting paneling

The layers aren't bonded :( Probably whoever painted didn't do any surface prep.

It's sanding or stripping time.


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RE: Help on repainting paneling

Ugh ... that was NOT what I wanted to hear.

And yes, it appears they did no surface prep whatsoever. You don't think some kind of binding primer would do the trick?


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RE: Help on repainting paneling

If you want to try it on one spot, put the primer on, let it cure and then see if painter's tape pulls off the primer.

If it holds on, it was able to penetrate the latex and badly prepared surface. If it doesn't, you are going to have to strip and do a proper prep job.


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RE: Help on repainting paneling

Try a patch priming with Gardz. It might penetrate the old latex enough to work

Here is a link that might be useful: gardz


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RE: Help on repainting paneling

Excellent suggestions! Thanks! I will give that a try and see what happens. Keep your fingers crossed for me.


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RE: Help on repainting paneling

If you have the time,I would try this product first. It is the original, Gardz is OK but it is just a copy of the real thing.Sorry,I should have suggested this first.

Here is a link that might be useful: draw tite


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RE: Help on repainting paneling

I will look for that, christopher. I've not seen it before so maybe I'll try to find a specialty paint store.


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RE: Help on repainting paneling

OK, I went to the hardware store where I normally buy my paint and they had Gardz, but the guy there recommended Zinsser Peel Stop.

Any thoughts?


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RE: Help on repainting paneling

Paint the paneling with one coat of the desired paint color and allow it to dry completely. Paint again with one more layer to ensure a vibrant color.

Here is a link that might be useful: Painting


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RE: Help on repainting paneling

What did you end up using wisailorgirl and how did it work??? I have a similar problem and would love to know the outcome.


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