To paint wood paneling, wash and sand the surface of the paneling, and apply primer and latex-based paint. Painting wood paneling requires 24 hours to ensure the primer has dried before applying paint.
- Prepare the surface of the paneling
Wash the paneling with detergent and water, and lightly sand it with 220-grit sandpaper to ensure the paint adheres properly. After sanding, wipe the paneling with a wet cloth to remove dust. To remove any grooves, fill the indented areas with a spackling compound. Allow the compound to dry, and sand it until smooth.
- Apply the primer, and let it dry
Block off the edges of the work area with painter's tape, and apply a stain-blocking primer to the wall. Use a small paintbrush to apply primer to the edges of the wall, and then paint the grooves in the paneling beginning at the top of the wall. Finish painting the wall with a roller brush, and allow at least 24 hours for the primer to dry.
- Paint the paneling, and add a second coat
Using the same method for applying primer, paint the wall using a latex-based paint designed for indoor use. Allow the paint to dry, and add a second coat.