Old mobile home walls
Sorry for the lenght of this post...
I bought a 1986 mobile home that I am totally updating. It is kinda strange with paneling on 1/2 wall and then drywall with wallpaper on the others and some complete paneling. I want to cover the paneling and pain with color. I want to get rid of any sign of it being a mobile home. Is this possible with the seams and all? Are there options to covering the paneling so I can paint? Can I paint over the wallpaper? It is pretty old and when you try to lift it you get drywall. Someone suggested using a hopper and doing the orange peel look to cover the flaws but what about cleaning a rough surface like that? Please help me with suggestions...I have to start this weekend. I want to paint before installing new flooring.
You will need to wash the walls to make sure they are clean and you can use TSP and water to do this and be sure to rinse after washing. I think that trying to cover up the grooves in the paneling is more trouble than it is worth and if you are a tight tiome frame you will not have time to do it. You will need to prime all the walls with an acrylic primer such as Zinsser 123 and finsh with you choice fo finish paint but bear in miond that the more sheen you have the more the grooves in the paneling will show up. I did the paneling in my den this way and it looks fine. You are correct that a texture finish will be hard to wash and keep clean.