Distressed wood paneling – When you feel like wood paneling on the walls are closing in on you, turn it with a light, fresh new color. Tape around the edge of the wall panels and lay drop cloths on the floor to protect it from the paint. Rene panels with a damp cloth. Fill holes and irregular cracks with putty and smooth with a spatula. Sand when dry and repeat until the putty is smooth. If the panels is smooth, sand it with a fine grit sandpaper or use a liquid deglosser just enough to rough up the surface so the paint will adhere.
Use a brush cutting the primer in the cracks and the edges of the distressed wood paneling. The primer must be specifically designed to work with the type of paint you use. Pour the primer in a paint tray and use a roller to paint large surfaces. Keep a damp cloth nearby, you paint easily clean up dripping or mistakes as you work. Let the primer to dry according to the manufacturer’s recommendations prior to painting.
Grinding of edges and cracks by means of a brush. Both oil and latex-based paints can work on panels. Oil-based paint will adhere better and covering dark colors, while latex paints are easier to work with and resist fading. Pour paint into a paint tray and run over large surfaces with a roller. As with primer, keep a damp cloth handy to wipe drips and bugs. If necessary, add another layer of paint to the distressed wood paneling. Let dry completely before removing the painter’s tape to avoid paint peeling. Clean brushes with a wire brush and Mineral Spirits if you use oil-based paint, with water if using latex.