How To Paint Wood Paneling

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Painting wood paneling is a great way to add warmth and texture to any room.

Wood paneling can be painted with any color you want, but it's important to use the right type of paint for the job. 

In this article, we will look at the three different types of paints that you can use to paint wood paneling and the best one to choose in your specific situation.

Let's get right into it.

Wood paneling is a great way to add warmth and texture to any room

Painting wood paneling is very easy and can add warmth and texture to any room. A new coat of paint will always make the walls feel much fresher for both you and your family.

Wood paneling tends to show scratches rather than conceal them as more typical paint jobs do. As such, it's important to use paint that is specially formulated for wood paneling.

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There are three different types of paints that work well on wood paneling:

Emulsion paint 

The first type of paint we'll look at is emulsion paint suitable for all types of surfaces, including wood paneling. Emulsion paint gives the painted surface a smooth, glossy finish. Emulsion paint is very easy to use and most people will have great success with it on wood paneling.

Gloss paint

The second type of paint we'll look at is gloss paint, which tends to emphasize the rich texture of the wood in a room while creating a smooth surface that's easier to clean than most other types of paint are. 

Gloss paint gives wood panels a very shiny, wet-looking appearance, especially when used on dark colors such as red or black. Gloss paints can be on the expensive side but they're worth it if you want your walls to gleam like new for a long time.

Low luster paint

The third type of paint we'll look at is low luster paint. Low luster paints will give your wood panels a texture that's similar to the original grain of the wood, and it will make them feel soft to the touch. Low luster paints are great if you want painted surfaces without any gloss or shine.

Use the right type of paint for the job 

As long as you have high quality wood that you want to paint, you can paint it with any color you want, but it's important to use the right type of paint for the job. All three of the paints we looked at above are great for wood paneling.

Emulsion paint is the most common type of paint, and it gives any wall a smooth finish that's easy to clean. 

When used on dark colors such as red or black, gloss paints will give walls a very shiny, wet-looking appearance. This can be an attractive feature if that look appeals to you but beware that high gloss paints may need more frequent cleaning to stay looking beautiful.

On the other hand, low luster paints will give you walls that soft touch. Use these tips when choosing paint for your wall surfaces and you won't go wrong.

Preparation when painting wood paneling 

The most important thing about painting wood paneling is preparation; sand down your walls before starting so they're smooth and even. Working with wood paneling is a bit different from painting other types of walls. The best way to paint wood paneling is to apply two coats of primer before applying your topcoat; you'll be better protected against the potential for peeling and cracking that comes with this kind of surface.

If you want your walls to gleam like new for a long time, use gloss paints.

Gloss paints will give wood panels a very shiny, wet-looking appearance when used on dark colors such as red or black. This can be an attractive feature – if that look appeals to you – but beware that high gloss paints may need more frequent cleaning to stay looking beautiful. If you choose gloss paint, make sure you clean spills in them right away so they don't harden and become permanent.

After priming your wall with either an oil-based or water-based primer, apply two coats of latex or water-based paint in a color that matches your decor. You can use latex paints for wood paneling as long as they're on the flat side without a lot of shine.

Using the right paint is critical if you want your painted surfaces to remain flexible and not crack or peel after many years. Emulsion paints are the most common type of paint, and it gives any wall a smooth finish that's easy to clean. Gloss paints emphasize the texture and shine of your wood paneling while low luster paints will give you walls that feel soft to touch. Use these tips when choosing paint for your wall surfaces and you won't go wrong.

The next steps when painting wood paneling

Use fine-grit sandpaper to create a smooth surface, and then apply a coat of primer. If you've never painted wood paneling before, it's a good idea to ask for help from someone with experience in painting walls.

When choosing the color of your paint, you should be sure to choose soft neutral colors that look good on any kind of surface. Although bright colors like red or orange will work well on wood paneling, they may not last as long; stick to softer shades if you want longevity.

You can use high gloss paints for wood paneling as long as they're sprayed on rather than rolled or brushed. High gloss paints are more durable than other types of paint. Choose a high-quality brand and apply two coats so your walls have excellent coverage and stay beautiful for a long time.

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Use the right primer for wood paneling and you'll be sure to have beautiful walls for a long time.

Final thoughts on How to paint wood paneling

In conclusion, it is important to note that the paint will need three coats if you want it to last. This means three trips for your painter and plenty of time in between each coat for the paint to dry – which is why being prepared before starting to paint is crucial.

If you have ever seen freshly painted wood paneling, then then you know how beautiful wood paneling can look when it's painted. All it takes is some hard work and preparation beforehand, so take this information with you into your next painting project for the best results.

Finally, why not brush up on your knowledge of wood backsplash ideas and general maintenance to ensure that you get longevity from your wood panels?

 

Jim Spencer

Jim has been in the construction business for over 12 years with plenty of experience working on client projects, from start to finish. From kitchens to bathrooms and more, he writes on a wide variety of topics surrounding home improvement.

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