Thoroughly clean and freshly paint an old paneling

In the majority of cases, old paneling is dark in color. Above all, thorough cleaning is a prerequisite for adapting them to a more modern living style by painting. Dirt that has often accumulated for decades must be removed without leaving any residue. The surface can be roughened at the same time as it is cleaned.

Select detergent and color for the material in question

Old wall paneling is often captivating because of its selectly unfashionable nature. In the last century in particular, it is believed that nine out of ten paneling was done in dark color. The following variants, mostly with tongue and groove, can be found as typical materials and surface properties:

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  • Plastic elements
  • Styrofoam
  • Multi-purpose coated panels
  • Wood

How to paint old paneling

  • Cleaning agent according to surface properties
  • Adhesive according to material
  • Abrasives (250 and 400 grit)
  • colour
  • Possibly primer
  • Microfiber cloth
  • toothbrush
  • vacuum cleaner
  • Possibly a syringe with a cannula and glue
  • Cover film
  • Masking tape
  • Foam roller / brush / tassel
  • Small rubber mallet

1. Check hold

Knock off all the panels and see if they give way to pressure towards the wall. If you discover springy spots, inject glue under the panels. Also check the lateral firmness and the fit. If the joints caused by tongue and groove are uneven, tap them carefully with a rubber mallet. This also applies to shadow gaps.

2. Clean

Before you start sanding, you should always clean thoroughly. Otherwise, a stubborn film of dirt will spread and prevent the paint from adhering. Choose the right degreasing detergent, especially for removing nicotine in a smoking room if necessary.

3. Prime if necessary

You must prime all absorbent substrates (wood) if the surface is not covered by old paint.

4th. Sanding

After drying, sand with 250 grit.

5. Base coat

Apply two or three layers of the base color with a brush or brush until it covers the old color without shadows even when exposed to a spot.

6th. Regrinding

Sand with 400 grit in circular motions after each stroke.

7th. Top coat

Apply the top coat with the foam roller thinly and in even horizontal and vertical strips from top to bottom.

Tips & Tricks In order to be able to observe and control the even and streak-free color distribution, set up a spotlight pointing at an angle towards the wall.