How to Paint a Particle Board Wall

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How to Paint a Particle Board Wall
Prime the particle board wall before you paint it. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Bare particle board will reject paint unless it is treated with a primer base coat. Employ the proper preparation strategy, or your new finish will ultimately shed. Coat the particle board with a specific type of paint based on its location. Apply the finish, using the correct tools, or the wall may dry with unsightly brush marks. Employ a particular application strategy that will offer you the best chance at professional-looking results.

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Things you need

  • Broom
  • Pressure washer
  • Professional painter's tape
  • Dust sheets
  • Latex primer
  • Roller frame
  • Roller extension pole
  • 2 nap roller covers
  • 4-inch polyester paintbrush
  • Latex paint
  • Acrylic latex paint

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  1. 1

    Dust interior particle board walls, using a broom. Rinse exterior particle boards, using a pressure washer. Allow the wall to dry for 24 hours. Do not skip this important step, as it is vital to promoting primer adhesion.

  2. 2

    Protect areas adjacent to the particle board walls by covering them with tape. Protect surfaces beneath the particle board with dust sheets.

  3. 3

    Coat the particle board wall with latex primer, using a roller. Roll vertically, proceeding left to right. Apply to one 3-by-3-foot area at a time. Use a polyester brush to smooth the wet primer, encouraging a finish free from roller marks. Proceed until all of the particle board is primed. Allow the wall to dry for two hours.

  4. 4

    Wash the brush and roller frame with water.

  5. 5

    Paint the particle board just as you primed it. Allow the wall to dry for two hours.

Tips and warnings

  • Finish exterior particle board walls with acrylic latex paint.
  • If you prime dusty particle board walls, adhesion problems may arise.
  • Never paint unprimed particle board walls, or peeling will result.

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