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dee

04:00AM | 03/19/00
Member Since: 03/18/00
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hello all!I want to paper my living room walls half way up then paint the top half,the walls are panel and Im looking for the best way that I should do this,how to prepare the panel and all that.PLEASE help!thank you!

Stan B

06:10PM | 06/24/00
Member Since: 06/23/00
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Dee, the best way to treat paneling is this.
1: wipe the paneling down very good with a damp cloth.
2: use kilz primer to prepare the surface for the type of paint you will be using.

Bearoness

02:42PM | 08/01/00
Member Since: 07/31/00
59 lifetime posts
I endorse the kilz approach, but also suggest the following. If the paneling is the 4x8 1/4" inexpensive paneling, a latex paint may cause the paneling to buckle due to moisture absorption. Had this experience recently.
Pigmented shellac may be a better prep for you to use. If you want the paper to look flush on the wall, without the paneling indentations, you could fill the indentations, cover with primer -- pigmented shellac or kilz, cover with a "liner paper" -- usually, white, heavy, not-preglued paper -- and then cover it with your wallpaper. You have to take time to wait for the liner to dry before painting or putting wallpaper over it. Yes, you can paint over it, so it could be a solution for the top part of the paneling that you want to paint if you want to get rid of the indentations look. Good luck!!
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