What Is the Best Way to Cover Wood Paneling?


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While there is not a foolproof way to get rid of paneling, the easiest and most popular way to cover wood paneling is by painting over it. The grooves in the paneling can be sealed using joint compound, providing a smooth surface on which to add paint, or the paneling can be painted as it is, resulting in a textured appearance.

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What Is the Best Way to Cover Wood Paneling?
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In some cases wood paneling is installed over sheetrock, so the homeowner can pull the paneling off the walls and paint over the sheetrock. Before painting, be sure to wash paneled walls to remove grease, dust and other debris, and use a coat of primer to help cover the paneling’s imperfections.

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