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The following product(s) is required to properly prep and pre-treat wood prior to any stain project.
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BEHR PREMIUM ALL-IN-ONE WOOD CCCC
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BEHR PREMIUM ALL-IN-ONE WOOD CCCC
The 9 in. x 1/4 in. Polyester Adhesive Roller Cover has a hard texture, making it ideal for applying all types of adhesives to smooth surfaces. It can be used for stippling and applying sand paints.
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Bedroom with vertically paneled and stone walls

How to Paint Paneling

Bedroom with vertically paneled and stone walls

Introduce color into your wood-paneled room.  Applying a fresh coat of color to your wood paneling is a do-able project that can make a positive difference to your home.

For Best Results:

Refer to our how-to below for a step-by-step guide through the process of painting your paneled walls.

  1. Dip brush into paint/

    Step 1

    Begin your painting project by pouring thoroughly mixed paint into a bucket and dipping a quality 2"-2½" wide nylon/polyester brush into the paint.

  2. Cut into wall.

    Step 2

    With your brush, paint (cut in) along the perimeter of the paneling. Start at a top corner and continue along the ceiling and around the baseboards.

  3. Paint into panel grooves.

    Step 3

    Starting at the top of your project area, paint into the grooves of the panel. Follow the direction of the panel.

  4. Load roller with paint.

    Step 4

    Pour paint into a paint tray and work the roller into the tray until it is fully loaded with paint. For best results, use a ½"-¾" roller cover.

  5. Roll paint onto walls.

    Step 5

    Starting in a 3' section at a top corner of your project area, roll the paint onto the paneling, working from the top to the bottom.

  6. Continue rolling.

    Step 6

    Be sure to roll over the cut in area as well. Forming a column from ceiling to floor, paint the next 3' section directly beside the previous one.

  7. Completed painted panel wall.

    Step 7

    Repeat the process of forming columns and blending sections until the project is complete.  The color of the panels will change, however the grooved shape of the panels will remain.

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Suggested Tools & Supplies
  • Brush (2"-2½")
  • Bucket
  • Bucket Grid
  • Extension Pole
  • Gloves
  • Ladder
  • Paint Can Opener
  • Paint Tray
  • Paint Tray Liner
  • Rags
  • Roller Cover and Frame
  • Sandpaper (150-220 Grit)
  • Stir Stick
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