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Forty years ago every house had some paneling. Some more than others. Paneling can bring the look of natural wood and the great outdoors into a home. But unless your home is a cabin in the woods, chances are that's not what you're going for. Just like many home trends, paneling has fallen out of favor. And you're ready to replace it.
Removing it is the easy part. What to do next is where many get stuck. We're here to help with how to prepare your wall in the four most common wall condition scenarios.
How to Prepare a Wall for Painting After a Clean Removal
If you were lucky, when you removed the wood paneling, you found that you have drywall back there. And they nailed the paneling to it rather than gluing it, so you could quickly get it off.
If the drywall is in good shape, you're ready to:
And you're ready to paint.
*Note* If you find dark paint like black, hunter green or cranberry, you'll need a special primer to prime over it.
How to Prepare a Wall for Painting After Glued Panel Removal
If the panels were glued, you have a little more to do here. The paper face of the drywall may have come off, sometimes in chunks.
You might be able to salvage it. But you'll probably be much happier if you just skin it. That means you'll hang a very thin (1/4") drywall over the existing drywall.
How to Prepare a Wall for Painting When the Wall is in Rough Shape
If you find nasty wallpaper or hard-to-peel paint back there, your best bet is to skin the wall just like we did for glued panels. Follow the instructions above.
How to Prepare a Wall if the Paneling was Nailed Directly into the Studs
In rare instances, you may have started pulling paneling and there's no drywall back there. In this case, you have a larger drywall project and may want to defer to professionals.
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