Painting Interior Paneling

Interior Paneling
  1. Interior wood paneling, a once-popular wall covering often found in older homes, and wainscoting, generally come with a clear finish or high-sheen paint. While these finishes may provide some degree of protection, they may also cause adhesion problems when you decide to repaint them; therefore, it is necessary to prepare the surface prior to painting.
  2. Before you paint, follow these steps:
  • Lightly sand the paneling or wainscoting to add a bit of roughness and allow the primer and top coat of paint to adhere to the surface.
  • Remove all sanding of dust residue with a damp cloth.
  • When the panels have dried, apply a latex stain blocking primer to the entire surface to ensure adhesion of the top coat and prevent any surface stains from penetrating the top coat of paint.
  • After the primer dries, apply a coat of 100% acrylic latex paint in a finish that best matches the room and surface type.

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