Materials and Tools
- Interior latex paint
- Paint sprayer or Paint roller, paint brush
- Trisodium phosphate solution
- Soap and water (optional)
Preparation of the paneling
As almost everything needs preparation before undergoing the main session, there is also a need to prepare the panels before using the classy wood paints into them. Keep in mind that there are many wood panels that have glossy coatings. In these cases, you have to use sandpaper to scratch the surface of the paneling. Make sure to remove the entire current coats off the wood panel. You can also use liquid sandpapers that you can use for fake paneling.
Once the old coats are removed, clean the wood panel by using trisodium phosphate. Combine it with water. You have to read the direction carefully because deviation to the standards of using TSP can create problem with your panels. If you are dealing with shiny wood paneling, there is a need for you to use a de-glosser. If TSP is not available, you can also use house hold cleaner to remove dirt and other unwanted elements from the surface of the wood panel.
If there is a problem in veneer, make sure that it is well-secured especially during the priming. You can also scratch the small pieces in order to create an even surface by using sandpaper.
Clean the panels thoroughly. You can buy liquids especially designed for woods. Soap and water may also do. If the wood panels are really a mess because of the intense acquisition of soils and other specs of dirt, stronger solvents are needed.
Painting fake wood panels
Clean the wood panels by using mild detergent and soap. If the wood panels have been painted in the past, you might want to use a sandpaper to sand down the old coating. Make sure that the wood paneling has even surface before doing the priming and painting.
Remove the residues and debris caused by the sand paper. If you want to achieve maximum cleaner, you can visit the hardware for Liquid sandpaper. Clean all the dirt thoroughly to make sure that it will not cause any problem during the painting session.
Use regular primer. Here’s a trick for you. The best paint you can use for fake wood paneling is the Latex Primer. Apply second coating if your eyes can still penetrate over the first coat.
You can now lay the paint on the fake wood paneling. Paint the wood paneling evenly and let it dry after the session.
Painting dark wood paneling
Clean the paneling that needs to be painted. Dark woods tend to require greater application of paints thus you have to make sure that the paint will not adhere to the grime. Use warm water and mild detergent.
Deal with scratches and holes. Patch all the holes and other problems of the surface. Use fine grit sandpaper to remove the minor scratches. Loose spots should be trimmed. In order to spare the paint on stuffs that you do not want to paint, tape them off.
For a rule of a thumb, apply light primer. One thing- for any types of paint, you have to follow the instruction of the manufacturer. Let the dark wood dry. You also have to consider the stain production that matches with the primer. Undercoats oil-based primer should be used for oil-based topcoats while water-based topcoats and undercoats
Once the primer is completely dry, you can now start the painting session. You have to make sure that your choice of paint is ideal with the primer that you have used. Complement each other. Begin by applying small amount of paint on the edges of the surface.
What to do in painting paneling
Prepare the wood paneling. There are some instances where in you have to remove before painting. You should also prepare all the necessary paints and tools needed.
Use drop sheets. After preparing all the materials, remove furniture or other objects off the painting area.
Wash the panel with TSP. Though this is what experts recommend, you can also use household cleaners
Address the holes with spackling
Lay the choice of primer and paint. Remember paint and primer should always be compatible with each other.
Do not wait for your wood paneling to be a total mess. Upgrade your household with a dramatic make over by following the above ideas in painting wood paneling. You can now get the job started and choose the best paints for your paneling.