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Initial Preparation

If you tried wood paneling in your home, give it a new look with a fresh coat of paint. While painting paneling is not hard to do, proper preparation is important to allow the paint to adhere well. Without taking appropriate measures, you could end up with uneven paint layering, steps to paint wood paneling at home includes-

  1. Clean Panelling

Start by wiping wood paneling clean with a damp rag to remove any dust or dirt from the wood. If grease or other stains present, they should be removed by using a mild cleaning solution.

  1. Fill Nail holes

Putty any nail holes or other imperfections with speckling compound over the holes or imperfections. Use a proper putty knife to best spread the compound over the holes. Don’t worry about the putty colour it will dry neutral and be covered with paint. Allow the putty to dry, and then sand the speckling mix properly with the surface.

  1. Sand Panelling

Sand and paneling with 100 grit sandpaper using a pole sander, sanding block, or orbit sander. This will take the sheen off the finish, which will allow the paint to adhere better. Don’t get carried away and sand the surface down to the bare wood-just enough to rough up the existing finish.

  1. Remove trims, if have any

If you want to keep the trim colour as it is or want to paint it in a different shade than your wood panel, and then remove it from the wall. Use a pry bar and gently pull it loose.  After removing all marks and scratches the final touch-up is important for any rough sanding wood paneling surface.

  1. Caulk Cracks

Using a caulk gun, apply caulk to any cracks and gaps where the paneling meets the baseboard and ceiling, or around doors and windows. This will give your room a nice, polished look. Allow the caulking to dry thoroughly before painting wood paneling.


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