Getting Your Wood Paneled Wall Painted

Getting Your Wood Paneled Wall Painted

A wood paneled wall reminds one of the 60’s and the 70’s when wood was a rage. But if you are not really into the retro look and want something a bit more contemporary, you don’t need to remove the paneling. It is an easy matter to just paint it over in hues that please the eye. But how do you go about it? Hiring a painting contractor to do the job is your best bet. However, there is no harm in knowing what is involved; it’s your house after all. Here are some tips on painting a wood paneled wall.

Is this what you really want?

Wood has a charm of its own. So the first thing you have to decide is whether you want to paint it over. Once it is painted, the elegance of the wood will be a thing of the past. So it’s better to give the matter a bit of thought rather than plunging headlong into a decision you might live to regret. If you have decided to give paint a shot, read on.

How the contractor will proceed

  • To begin with, the wood-paneled walls will be given a thorough wash by your contractor using a solution of TSP and water. Once dry, the walls will be sanded lightly. The technique that is used to sand the walls is known as ‘scuffing.’ The sanding makes it easier for the primer to bond with the paneling.
  • Dust masks are essential when sanding is going on. The residue dust on the wall can be wiped off with a wet rag as the work proceeds.
  • The next step after scuffing is the application of the primer. For solid wood paneling a water based product is preferred. But if its veneer, a shellac-based primer is advised.
  • The contractor will apply two coats of primer. Some contractors prefer to tint the primer to match the shade you have chosen, but this is not strictly essential.
  • Once the primer is dry, the next step is the application of the chosen shade of paint. At least two to three coats of paint will be applied; with a bit of sanding in between when the coats have dried. A foam sponge roller cover is ideal for the application of the paint. A paint brush will take care of the corners and dab away at any drips that might appear. Once the work is done, all you have to do is stand back and admire a job that is well done.

It’s amazing what a bit of paint can do to change the look of your paneled room! The next time you have friends over, it is sure to be the topic of conversation!