In this video, Ask This Old House master painter Mauro Henrique shows host Kevin O’Connor a universal approach to painting wood paneling.
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Next, expert painter Mauro Henrique teaches Kevin all about painting wood paneling. When Kevin asks if folks are right to be nervous about painting wood paneling, Mauro explains that it’s possible, and although it might not be the traditional take on paneling, it’s up to the homeowner. Then, the two set out to roughen the surface of a panel wall with a bit of sandpaper.
Cost: Varies based on room, but generally under $100
Estimated Time: Varies based on room, allow for 1 to 2 hours drying time
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Steps for painting wood paneling
1. With 220-grit sandpaper on a sanding block, roughen the surface of the paneling. Be sure to lightly scuff the profile of any moldings.
2. Pour a bit of primer into a paint tray or cut bucket. Dip the brush into the primer and cut in, starting at the top and working downward. Brush primer into the cracks and crevices of the moldings, beadboard, or anywhere else a roller won’t reach.
3. Load the roller sleeve with primer and roll it over the surface. Be sure to watch for drips and runs, taking care to even them out with the brush or roller. Allow the primer to dry for one hour (this is a good time to clean the brushes, rollers, and paint tray).
4. After the primer is dry, pour some paint into the paint tray. Using a similar method as before, start by cutting in with the brush. Brush paint into the cracks and crevices, moldings, and other areas where a roller won’t reach.
5. Before the brushed areas dry, load the roller with paint and coat the surface. Be sure to watch for drips and runs, evening them out with the roller or brush as they appear.
6. Allow the paint to dry for around 2 hours (may vary, depending on the conditions) before applying a second coat.
Where to find it?
To prep the wood paneling, Mauro used a sanding block with 220 grit sandpaper, which can be found at home centers.
To prime the wood, Mauro used Zinsser BullsEye 1-2-3 Interior/Exterior Water-Based Gray Primer [https://amzn.to/3CkQxdF], which is manufactured by Rust-Oleum [https://www.rustoleum.com/]. Mauro likes to use the gray primer instead of white when he’s painting with darker colors. For paint, Mauro chose Benjamin Moore Acrylic Interior Paint [https://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us] in the color “Crisp Romaine [https://bit.ly/3Ejg9bm]”
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