Painting Wood Paneling

February 28, 2011

Painting Wood PanelingIs there any way to fill in the grooves in wall paneling before you paint?

By sandra from Mount Laurel, NJ



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February 28, 20110 found this helpful

You must mean the grooves or small holes in wall paneling. Fill them in with wood filler that you can buy in any store such as Home Depot, etc.

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March 1, 20110 found this helpful

Wood filler, available near the paint at Walmart for about $5 a container, is a good bet for the dips where the lines in the paneling are. You will need a putty knife to smooth the surface and make it even with the rest of the panel. Wait a couple of hours and then you can paint it, or run a sander along to make perfectly smooth and THEN paint it.


Will take a little extra time but the results are worth it. I used wood filler and a sander on a cedar playground set I got for free, and turned it into something beautiful and usable once again. Best of luck with your project!
Will be easier to paint if you put a layer of Kilz on it first :).

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March 1, 20110 found this helpful

Personally, I like the look of painted paneling with the groves. I see it all the time on decorating shows and magazines. I think it gives the wall character.

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March 2, 20110 found this helpful

I have an old house and one wall in each room was paneled with ugly stuff. I just primed it and painted it. If you try to fill it in it will probably come back out in pieces if the wall is hit or from eventual shrinkage.


Most people don't even realize the walls have paneling on them.

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March 6, 20110 found this helpful

You can pick up paintable wall paper liner to put on first, then paint it. All wallpaper books have the instructions when wallpapering over panelling. I pick this up to put on 'failing walls' on older house walls. Seals it nice, lets to wall paper or paint over it.

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July 28, 2011

My dining room has wood (the real stuff) paneling and I want to give it a face lift. I am looking for a simple way to lighten the wood without re-stripping the whole room or painting over such quality wood. Does anyone have a fairly simple solution to my problem?

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I have wood paneling in my back room. How do I paint it? Do I do it like normal or is there something I put on it first to make the paint stick better?

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