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Painting Over Paneling

Q: "I have some cheap old paneling that I am still not prepared to
rip down and replace. Can it be painted?"

Q:

I have some cheap old paneling that I am still not prepared to
rip down and replace. Can it be painted?

— Sonja Woburn, Massachusetts

A:

Tom Silva replies: You can paint panel, but be sure to clean it well to get all
the oil and wax off it so that the paint will stick. You may even have
to put stain killer on it to stop it from bleeding. Then use a latex
paint, which will cover the wood grain well.

 
 

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