Painting Paneling

Paneling does bring a crisp, clean look to any room, and it has the ability to transfer the characteristic feel of any room as well. Paneling is a very popular and easy to do method of decorating. Many newer homes have embraced the look of paneling, as well as older, existing homes that already have the paneled look as a part of its character and charm. When some homeowners tire of their paneled look, whether it's with the design, style or color, they choose to change the look of their panel by painting over it. This is a very common practice, and if it's done correctly, it can yield a very pleasantly surprising looking paneled room that is aesthetically pleasing.

Painting paneling is a very easy job to do and there is no need for contractors, or hiring anyone to do the job. It doesn't require any special skills or specially designed tools of any sort. Painting paneling simply requires a working knowledge of basic painting, measuring and cleaning up any spills during the painting process. First off, it's important to make sure that the paneling is clean before beginning the painting process. The cleaning process is important because this is the base from which you will be working, so a good cleaning job ensures that there are no paint chipping or flaking in the future with the finished product.

Next, it's important to prime the panel so that the paint adheres clean and flat. It's imperative to use the right kind of primer as well, so solvent primers are recommended for this. Either a shellac or oil based primer will be sufficient. The primers will cure the faster and will also develop a rich adhesive platform so that the paint will stick better to the panel. This ensures that you have and enjoy a long, rich life with the panel.

Once the panel has been cleaned and primed, it's time to apply thin coat of latex paint using a high quality roller to apply it with. You should also use a skinny paint brush in order to get into the crevices or cracks that the roller may miss or that are too small for the roller to reach. Once the first coat has dried, you can and should apply another second coat to the panel so that the end result is richer, deeper and has a longer lasting coverage and overall durability. For the edges of the panel and to obtain that professional painter's look, use blue painter's tape to ensure that the lines are clean and finished looking, and also to avoid having any messy or uneven lines in your work.