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How To Paint Wood Paneling

Do you want to learn how to paint wood paneling? Our easy-to-follow guide will teach you the fundamental steps so you’ll be painting your home’s wood panels like a pro!

How to Paint Wood Paneling: An Easy to Follow Guide

Wood panels are a great addition to any wall. These panels add life to the room’s interior and when painted right, will add the right touch of color to brighten up any room. Installing the wood panels might be a job my husband would like to take on, but I’m certainly up for the painting job anytime! The truth is, painting isn’t a difficult thing to do as long as you know the basics. But mind you, patience is definitely required for this project. Anyhow, let’s get going, here’s our easy-to-follow guide for all beginner painters out there!


What You’ll Need to Paint Wood Paneling:

  • Mini-roller set
  • Frogtape or Masking Tape
  • Angled Varnish Brush
  • Mottler
  • Putty Knives
  • Sand Paper
  • Sanding Tools
  • Extension
  • Protective Plastic/Paper
  • Paint Tray
  • Primer
  • Wood Knot Seal
  • Paint
  • Putty Filler

Now that you’ve gathered the supplies and tools you need, we can get started!


Step 1: Clean the wall.

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Successful painting is a product of proper prepping. The first step of prepping is to clean your wall panels from any nails, staples, or any other unsightly object that can hinder painting smoothly over the panels.

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After removing the objects, wipe the panels with a damp rag. You can use any recommended detergent for wooden walls; just make sure the rag isn’t too wet.

Step 2: Mask borders.

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Put masking tape around the borders of the wood panels. If the panels are placed behind the window, use protective paper and plastic to cover the window frame and glass.

Step 3: Seal the wood knots.

It is important to seal wood knots to prevent residue bleeding. Simply brush over some wood knot seal on the wood knots.

Step 4: Apply primer.

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It’s time to prime the walls with a primer of your choice. Using a mini-roller, apply primer on the wood panels two slats at a time.

Use a concealer brush to apply primer in the gaps.

Spread the primer using the mini-roller, just to make sure that the primer is applied evenly. Finish up by stroking the panels with a mottler.

Step 5: Fill uneven parts.

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Allow time for the wood panels to dry and then start filling the uneven parts. Use putty filler and a putty knife to even and thorough application.

Step 6: Sand the panels.

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Allow the putty to dry before sanding the wood panels. Use sanding paper with the extension so you can reach those hard to reach areas without using a ladder or stool. Sand thoroughly and then wipe the dust away.


Step 7: Apply second coating of primer.

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You’re halfway there! You must apply a second coating of primer because the filler shrinks when it dries up. Apply the second coating in the same process you did with the first coat. Apply primer with a mini-roller two slats at a time.

Use a concealer brush to apply primer in between the panels. Spread the primer with a mini-roller brush and stroke with a mottler. Allow the wall panels to dry.

Step 8: Apply paint.

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Now that the wall panels are dry enough, you can start painting. Paint using the same procedure as with applying the primer: 1) Apply paint with the mini-roller, 2) Paint gaps with a concealer brush, 3) Spread paint with the mini-roller, and 4) Finish by stroking with a mottler.

Step 9: Remove the masking tape.

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Remove the masking tape before the paint dries. You can also remove the protective paper/plastic on your window. Now, the waiting game begins!


You did it! The wood panels turned out great!

Once the paint is all dried up, you’ll be proud to see how beautifully painted your wall panels are… All thanks to you!


Here is the full instructional video on how to paint wood paneling from Anza Måleriverktyg:

There’s no doubt these simple DIY home projects can make a huge difference in a room. I truly believe that oftentimes, the smallest things make the biggest impact! Hopefully, now that you know the basics of prepping and painting, you’ll actually refrain from calling a pro and just take on the challenge yourself. I also hope you enjoy painting as much as I do!

Have you painted wood before? How was your experience? If you’d like to share more tips, we’re more than happy to hear from you in the comments below!

Did this painting tutorial make you more excited to take on painting jobs at home? Awesome! To help you out more, check out these 11 DIY Painting Tricks For A Successful Home Transformation!

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