Painting Panelling

I am going to paint dark panelling off white. I have the primer and a satin finish top coat, recommended by the paint man instead of a semi gloss. Has anyone used satin finish successfully? Also, should I wash down the panelling with TSP or something else before painting? It's old panelling and I am sure is not squeaky clean right now.

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Thanks for your help,
Monica from PA

April 4, 20070 found this helpful

I would probably wash the paneling first. I'm not sure what TSP is, but I use Pinesol or Murphy's Oil Soap on our paneling. Citrus Orange is my favorite kind of Pinesol- works great and has a nice scent. I prefer Satin finish over semi gloss. It is just as easy to clean and it has a softer look. Plus, I think it gives a better overall appearance because it seems to hide any imperfections or flaws in the wall itself, compared to semi-gloss or high gloss. I bet it will look nice when you are done.

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April 5, 20070 found this helpful

I just painted my daughters room that has panelling. For sure wash the walls first. DO NOT use anything that has oil in it though, because your paint wont stick. TSP is a good product. I painted hers in a satin finish and it looks great and washes nicely. A lot of people use to clean the panelling with oil based products so cleaning it first will save you a headache while painting. Good luck. Liz

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April 5, 20070 found this helpful

Good point, Liz- Murphy's Oil probably wouldn't be good when prepping paneling for painting. Thanks for correcting me!

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April 5, 20070 found this helpful

definitely wash the walls. You have no idea what might be lurking there.

I would recommend TSP (Tri Sodium Phospate) (sp?) It will remove almost anything that could damage the finish. Be sure to wear rubber gloves when you use it unless the formula has changed, it dries your hands to the point of cracking.

Marty

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April 5, 20070 found this helpful

I did this years ago in a apartment. I was easy. I washed the walls with tsp and rinsed it very well. Allowing the wall to dry completely. Then, I just painted it with the same paint I use for the bathroom. Came out great. It brightened up the whole room. Very cheery solution for a dark ugly paneling. Good luck I think you will love the results. Don't be afraid to try whatever paint you think will work for you. If you don't like it. You can alway paint again. beachers

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April 5, 20070 found this helpful

Hi!

Panelling is expensive stuff and if clean and smooth, it will look better painted with a flat White then would ordinary sheet rock. I do recommend cleaning with TCP and afterwards, use a paint sealer. The sealer is a color undercoater which will dry hard and fast and will give the White Flat Paint a strong consistency.

Good Luck!

Signed: Joseph Raglione

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April 5, 20070 found this helpful

I've painted paneling in a large dark hallway. Wash the paneling first, it gets gummy throughout the years. And if smokers have lived there, believe me, you've got to get that gunk off, or it will bleed through. Wash good, I roughed it up a little with light sand paper, and painted with semi-gloss off white so I could wash down when my kids came through and made a mess....I loved the look when it was done, brightens up and really helps a dark gloomy area.... good luck.....

glinda from Ky.

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April 5, 20070 found this helpful

make sure you use sand paper first and then wipe down the dust from the sandpaper... I learned the hard way.. I DID THIS!

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April 5, 20070 found this helpful

I did this with old paneling in my last house. We started with just one wall thinking that it would make the room look bigger. Instead of washing, we just used a sealer called 'KILZ'. It can be found at Wal-Mart, Home Depot, etc. We put two coats of 'KILZ' on first, and then just one coat of white satin finish. It looked so good, that we decided to do the entire room. It turned out very bright and beautiful!

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April 6, 20070 found this helpful

I have an old house that had one wall paneled in each room. It was glued on as well as nailed so we couldn't take it down. I washed it well, then primed it and painted it with satin finish paint. You shouldn't have to sand it unless it is glossy finish paneling. If there are any gaps around the molding that trims it, I suggest neatly caulking with paintable caulk so that you don't see the dark areas that you will after painting. This makes it seamless and less noticeable that you painted paneling. Good luck!

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April 7, 20070 found this helpful

I painted my old paneling with fantastic results. I did clean the panellng first, also used a primer, and filled in any bad spots or nail holes. After the primer dried I painted the paneling with a satin/eggshell finish. It is like a new room. If the paint experts recommended the products, then they are probably fine. I also painted dark wood cabinets a off white in the kitchen, and make sure you clean everything well, so that the old gunk does not show through. I have some spots that I had to use a steel wool pad, and some sandpaper to get residue off the cabinets. Then used a kilz product to go under the semigloss paint on the cabinets. My son and neighbor made some new door faces, and I got new hardware, and people thought I got a whole new kitchen redo! Paint works wonders! good luck!

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April 12, 20070 found this helpful

We also had dark panelling on botom half of kitchen probably 40 yrs old, Washed it well ,rinsed and let dry good. Did not prime Got High Gloss enamel at Wal Mart. It makes the kitchen so much lighter,extremely easy to clean, Has been 2 yrs and still looks new. good luck

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December 12, 20150 found this helpful

I just painting a two bedroom two bathroom mobile all paneling. You must use TSP, and wear gloves!!! Also, this was the key - prime with this stuff called Gripper it will cost more than the paint, but because paneling is SO SLICK you need the Gripper not only to stick to paneling but the paint to stick to it. This made all the difference. I also sanded all my walls first. It takes time but is beautiful. I used a flat white with a satin top coat. Everyone says it looks professional.

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