How to Prepare Paneling for Paint or Wallpaper
This technique gives paneling a new look.
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Wood wizard and finishing expert Brian Santos shares a technique for giving dated wood paneling a new look. It eliminates the need to tear down the old paneling and replace it with drywall and is appropriate for all types of paneling, including real wood, laminate or bead board.
- Rough up the surface of the paneling with a pole sander that has been fitted with a sanding screen (rather than paper).
- Apply an oil-based undercoat primer. It is important not to use a latex base because it would allow moisture to get underneath the paint, causing the paneling to swell and mildew to grow.
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