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Walls: Preparing to Paint after Removing Wood Paneling

by Kenneth Rabasco 02/14/2021

Photo by Gerd Altmann via Pixabay

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:

  1. Purchase supplies (primer, paint, brushes, rollers, plastic, paint pans, putty knife, spackling paste for nail holes, safety goggles).
  2. Lay down plastic to protect your floors.
  3. Remove baseboards or use painter's take to protect them if you don't want to paint them.
  4. Sand the surface.
  5.  Apply spackle to fill nail holes or other damage and allow it to dry. Apply a second coat if needed. 
  6. Sand the spackled area again to smooth it.
  7. Prime your wall.

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.

  1. Purchase or gather 1/4" drywall, screws, safety glasses, drywall knife, drill, drywall tape, drywall taping knife, setting-type joint compound, hammer as well as the items listed above.
  2. Remove baseboards, outlet covers, door frames, etc..
  3. Measure and cut drywall if needed.
  4. Screw the drywall to the studs. Screws should be flush but not sunken. Drag a putty knife over the screws to feel if any are protruding.
  5. Use your drywall knife to cut around outlets, etc.
  6. Apply drywall tape over the seams.
  7. Apply compound, smooth and sand.
  8. Apply painter's tape.
  9. Prime the wall for painting.

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.

For more home projects you can DIY to improve the look and feel of your home, follow our blog.

 

 

About the Author
Author

Kenneth Rabasco

Professional Associations & Designations

Ken Rabasco aka Bosco is a member of the National Association of Realtors, the New York State Association of Realtors, Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors, and the Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Service.

As a lifelong Westchester resident, Bosco has a vast and extensive knowledge of the intricate details that comprise the communities of Southern Westchester, be it a recommendation for the best place to have dinner in one of the many River Town restaurants, or a market forecast for what the future will hold for the next place you'll call home. With a laser-attentiveness to detail and a never-faltering determination to get the job done, Bosco is supremely dedicated to his clients, and promises the very best in service to those who work with him, whether a first-time buyer or a long-time veteran of the market. 

Real Estate Expertise

Licensed Real Estate Salesperson with Better Homes & Gardens – Rand Realty. Bosco specializes in listing and selling of co-ops, condos and houses in the Bronx and Southern Westchester covering Hartsdale, Ardsley, Scarsdale, Eastchester, Tuckahoe, White Plains, as well as the River Towns and those that are on the Long Island Sound.

As a licensed real estate salesperson for Better Homes & Gardens – Rand Realty in White Plains, I have developed a dedication to client service and satisfaction that is unsurpassed. I am up-to-date on all the real estate market trends. With a professional, yet friendly approach, I help my clients feel comfortable when buying or selling their next home. 

Member Community Involvement

Member of the Rotary Club of Hartsdale - Greenburgh 

Adjunct teacher for the My Money Workshop - This organization teaches financial literacy to young adult and those who need a helping hand to get back on their feet to lead a productive life.

Education

Pace University - Bachelor of Business Administration