Paint over paneling
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Paint over paneling (by gevans [SC]) Sep 30, 2022 12:35 PM
       Paint over paneling (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Sep 30, 2022 12:55 PM
       Paint over paneling (by Robert J [CA]) Sep 30, 2022 12:57 PM
       Paint over paneling (by WMH [NC]) Sep 30, 2022 1:23 PM
       Paint over paneling (by Busy [WI]) Sep 30, 2022 2:25 PM
       Paint over paneling (by zero [IN]) Sep 30, 2022 2:57 PM
       Paint over paneling (by Small potatoes [NY]) Sep 30, 2022 2:59 PM
       Paint over paneling (by 6x6 [TN]) Sep 30, 2022 8:36 PM
       Paint over paneling (by PG [SC]) Oct 1, 2022 9:43 AM
       Paint over paneling (by Dee Ann [WI]) Oct 1, 2022 9:43 AM
       Paint over paneling (by Sir Walter [NC]) Oct 2, 2022 7:27 AM
       Paint over paneling (by don [PA]) Oct 2, 2022 10:54 AM
       Paint over paneling (by gevans [SC]) Oct 2, 2022 1:23 PM
       Paint over paneling (by Lynn [MA]) Oct 4, 2022 12:46 PM

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Paint over paneling (by gevans [SC]) Posted on: Sep 30, 2022 12:35 PM
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I am renovating a late 70s house. It has paneling in the kitchen. Normally I bite the bullet and rip out the paneling...and at that point upgrade the electric... before replacing the cabinets and countertops.

I hate paneling, and the dumbest place to put it is in the kitchen!

However, I'm trying to scale back this job. What's the best method for covering this paneling? Paint or sheetrock? If paint, how?

thanks!

--216.218.xxx.xx




Paint over paneling (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Sep 30, 2022 12:55 PM
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gevans,

We scuff the finish, caulk the cracks between panels (cuz they show when painted), seal with BONDING primer, and paint.

Recently saw an HGTV show where they INSTALLED paneling and painted it.

Painted is "OK".

BRAD

--73.103.xxx.xxx




Paint over paneling (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Sep 30, 2022 12:57 PM
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I first check to make sure behind the paneling there is drywall or plaster. If there are only studs then I have to consider putting drywall over the paneling instead of ripping it out and then drywalling.

But if I need to upgrade the plumbing and/or electrical, I to will pull the paneling to have access. --47.156.xx.xx




Paint over paneling (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Sep 30, 2022 1:23 PM
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We are at the beach. Painted paneling totally acceptable and actually looks beachy, done right. GOOD primer is the key. Do a test patch. After it dries, scratch it with your fingernail...if it comes off, not the right primer.

Gripper has worked well for us. --50.82.xxx.xxx




Paint over paneling (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Sep 30, 2022 2:25 PM
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Another vote for Gripper. I only caulked the seams between the panels, but definitely use a flexible caulk.

My houses have thin wallboard (3/8" cardboardy type material,) so the paneling adds extra strength. I added it to one house that had some paneling already. Very happy with it. --70.92.xxx.xxx




Paint over paneling (by zero [IN]) Posted on: Sep 30, 2022 2:57 PM
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First house the wife and I bought to live in had paneling in the kitchen. She wanted smooth walls. We didn't have the money or ambition to put new rock on it. I smeared mud on the lines thinking I could get it close. Kept sucking the mud down. I bet I put four coats on it before someone said I needed to prime it first.

Sometimes I still amaze myself by not thinking the problem thru. It was decades ago but still... --107.147.xx.xxx




Paint over paneling (by Small potatoes [NY]) Posted on: Sep 30, 2022 2:59 PM
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painting paneling (but I never fill in the faux revel lines) can work but if the paneling bulges at all or looks dinked up the solid color of paint will magnify the defects. downside is in the future if you ever need to patch a hole you will see where the smooth putty marks are VS the panel texture (even if it's smooth).

you could go over it w 1/4" sheetrock and easily loosen the door casings etc. most recently I removed paneling in an apt and the walls were fine. paneling was the style back in the day. underneath in the kitchen was dated wallpaper.

FYI after I inquired here about gripper not being in my HD, I found it and it has been rebranded and reformulated, not as good as it once was. --172.58.xxx.xxx




Paint over paneling (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: Sep 30, 2022 8:36 PM
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Skim coat the paneling. --73.113.xxx.xxx




Paint over paneling (by PG [SC]) Posted on: Oct 1, 2022 9:43 AM
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Over the years I have painted over paneling several times. - really brightens up the room. If the paneling is dark a bright color will make the room look a lot larger.

I did not fill the panel lines - Just thoroughly clean - lightly sand - 0ne coat of prime with stain blocker - Brush in the grooves - 2 top coats of Interior latex. use a smooth nap roller for the top coats. You could think about a Chair rail with a different color on the top than bottom. --72.173.xx.xxx




Paint over paneling (by Dee Ann [WI]) Posted on: Oct 1, 2022 9:43 AM
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We applied paneling over nasty wallpaper in one property, then painted it. Made it look cottage cute. It really converted the kitchen. Ladies love it. If a couple comes through, men seem to also like it and want their woman to be happy. We even had two young men rent there.

We prep like BRAD's prep. Haven't had to repaint in years. A couple touch ups here and there. --75.11.xx.xx




Paint over paneling (by Sir Walter [NC]) Posted on: Oct 2, 2022 7:27 AM
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Does nobody here keep the paneling in its original state?

I love wood paneling. A quick wipe down with a wood cleaner and polish makes it pop. Combine that with nice clean windows, an appealing light fixture with bright bulbs, and a bright clean (or newly painted) ceiling, and you have something that presents well. Mid-century modern can be very appealing. Stage or virtually stage the completed room if you are still uncertain.

I would not swap it for drywall that needs to be repainted. Nor would I paint it unless a large section is damaged.

Paneling in a kitchen can work well as long as the food prep areas have an appropriate surface to clean. Either tile or run laminate matching the countertop behind the stove, sink, and along the length of the countertop.

--154.21.xx.xxx




Paint over paneling (by don [PA]) Posted on: Oct 2, 2022 10:54 AM
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Sir Walter--A lot of the cheap paneling from the 70's is not even wood, just a picture of wood glued to cardboard. --73.141.xxx.xxx




Paint over paneling (by gevans [SC]) Posted on: Oct 2, 2022 1:23 PM
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1982 house. It's the cheap paneling. We are replacing the cabinets and will likely either pull the paneling or just sheetrock over it.

And yes, we will add backsplashes to the entire space between the upper and lower cabinets, not just behind the stove. --216.218.xxx.xx




Paint over paneling (by Lynn [MA]) Posted on: Oct 4, 2022 12:46 PM
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I recently painted paneling in a kitchen. I lightly sanded it and primed it with oil base kilz primer and then over it with wall paint. It made the room much brighter. --131.239.xx.xxx



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