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How to paint pine wood paneling

Updated February 21, 2017

Pine wood panelling was once the rage. Homes everywhere had 1970s style wood panelling installed on the walls. Today pine wood panelling is far from attractive to many homeowners, but wood panelling is expensive to replace. By painting, many homeowners have found an easy and cost effective way to remove the look of wood panelling in their homes.

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  1. Clean the wood panelling. Use a rag and a mixture of one part vinegar to two parts warm water.

  2. Fill any nail holes with wood putty. Nail holes that were previously overlooked in the dark knotty pine panelling are noticeable once the pine panelling is painted.

  3. Sand the wood panelling with 100-grit sandpaper to help rough up the wood panelling in preparation for the paint.

  4. Spot prime any knots in the pine panelling with an oil-based primer to prevent the resin from bleeding through the paint. Allow the oil-based primer to dry completely.

  5. Apply one coat of tinted primer to the panelling. Use a paint brush to reach into any corner and in the grooves of the panels. Let the tinted primer dry completely.

  6. Use a paint brush and paint roller to paint the latex paint onto the pine panelling. Depending on the colour and quality of latex paint, you may need to apply a second coat of primer to the panelling.

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Things You'll Need

  • Clean rag
  • Vinegar
  • Water
  • Wood putty
  • 100-grit sandpaper
  • Oil-based primer
  • Tinted primer
  • Paint brush
  • Paint roller
  • Latex paint

About the Author

Cadence Johansen is a freelance writer who enjoys writing about travel, marriage, family relationships, caregiver support, home improvement and money. Johansen has been writing professionally since 2008. She holds a master's degree in family studies from Utah State University.

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