Painting Wood Paneling: How to Make it Look New 

Posted on: February 11th, 2021

Painting Wood Paneling

Wood paneling has a reputation for making a room look dark, outdated, and musty. But by painting wood paneling, you can make it add some serious rustic charm. This leaves homeowners wondering which direction to go in. Trying to remove wood paneling can be a difficult and daunting task. It can even damage your walls if not done correctly. Painting your wood paneling can have many creative outcomes without the risk of ruining your walls and leaving a fresh, new look.

Wood paneling is more versatile than once thought. With all the colors and painting techniques out there, there is no reason to spend your hard-earned money having it removed. From farmhouse to shabby chic, your old wood paneling can add character to any space. 

More and more homeowners are deciding to update their home’s interior by painting their wood paneling instead of attempting to remove it. Here are a few different techniques and ideas to bring your old wood paneling back to life. If you need help painting your wood panels, contact us here for a free estimate. We’ve also included a video at the bottom to help walk you through the steps. 


Whitewash Your Wood Panels 

The whitewash technique allows you to keep the unique wood grain texture of the walls, but ditch the deep color. The first step is to water down your paint. Then brush the paint on, immediately wipe, and repeat until you achieve your desired color. If your wood is high quality, this whitewash technique can preserve the beautiful detail. 

Bold Colors 

Sometimes with home improvements, we get afraid to think outside the box. But, the beauty is in the freedom we have to create what we envision. Don’t be afraid to lead with a bold color. Just because you are working with wood paneling doesn’t mean you can’t transform the entire look with color. Textured paints can also enhance this fun, bold look.


Black is modern and can add sophistication and class to a room. Sometimes painting a smaller room dark can give it a more spacious feel. It is also a good way to disguise wood paneling you aren’t so fond of.


White is always classic and is currently all the rage. It can give your wood-paneled wall the “pop” to stand out in a great way. Use black, navy or dark grey as furniture and wall decor accents and you can’t go wrong. Add some simple greenery to complete your look. 

Consistency is key when updating any room. Put your focus on the overall style and feel of your home and stay true to that. Whether you are going for a shabby chic look, an edgy vibe, or a modern farmhouse feel, keep the style constant throughout the entire space. 

Painting Over Wood Paneling 

As with any painting project, the proper prep work is crucial for successful results. Painting wood paneling can be tricky but rewarding if done right. Here are the simple steps you can follow. 

1. Clean Molding and Paneling 

Before attempting to do anything with your wood paneling, be sure to give it a thorough cleaning. Use a damp rag to wipe off all the dirt, dust, and cobwebs. If you find layers of greasy buildup, use a heavy-duty cleaner combined with water to get it off. Never paint over a dirty surface because the paint won’t adhere. It may also look quite sloppy because the paint will pick up the dirt and leave clumps instead of giving you a smooth finish.

2. Fill and Sand The Wood 

Fill any cracks, holes, or dents in the wood with putty and allow time for it to dry. Lightly sand all of the paneling, along with the trim and moldings. The goal is to sand just enough to take off the sheen and create a lightly gritty surface the paint will stick well to. When you’re finished, wipe down with a damp cloth to remove any excess dust.

3. Caulk Around The Trim 

Apply caulk to any gaps you may have between panels, and the panels and trim. Also, be sure to get around the doors and windows. Make sure you use a paintable caulk. Allow for plenty of time for the caulk to dry completely.

4. Prime The Panels 

Apply a thin coat of primer to all the paneling using a foam sponge roller or brush. Use a brush to get into the seams, cracks, and corners where the roller can’t go. Watch for any drips. It’s best to use an oil-based primer or a water-based stain-blocking primer. This will prevent any wood stains or grease from coming through and ruining all your hard work.

5. Paint The Panels 

Next, you will want to apply a thin coat of paint to all paneling surfaces. Start at the top and work your way down. Be sure to cover all gaps between the panels. Remove any excess paint that collects in the panel grooves. Let the first coat dry then apply a second coat. That second coat isn’t always necessary but is usually worth doing in the end.

6. Paint The Trim 

Paint your trim the desired color. A glossier finish usually works best and is easy to keep clean. High gloss finishes help the trim stand out and creates a smoother surface. 

Painting Wood Paneling Conclusion

As you can see, there are countless options when it comes to reviving your wood paneling. If you are in the process of starting a painting project of any kind, please reach out to the painting professionals at PaintRite Pros. We have a team of experts that will be more than happy to be of assistance in any way. We serve the entire Sacramento area including Woodland, Roseville, Arden-Arcade, Laguna, and Vineyard. Hablamos Espanol!


Painting Metal Siding and Gutters: The Ultimate Guide 

Posted on: February 3rd, 2021

Painting Metal Siding and Gutters

Outdoor metal needs to be protected from the environment. Exposure to water and the elements makes the painted metal subject to chipping and ultimately the metal rusting. That’s why we strongly recommend painting metal siding and gutters. You may be asking yourself, can I paint metal siding and other metal surfaces? You absolutely can. In fact, one of the best ways to counteract the breakdown of your outside metal is to paint it. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll teach you how to paint metal siding, gutters, and more

Proper Surface Preparation 

As with all painting projects, proper surface preparation is essential to restoring your metal siding. 

  • Clean the metal siding 

You should start by thoroughly cleaning your siding of all loose dirt or other contaminants. Cleaning can be done by simply using warm soapy water and a rag or by using a pressure washer (2500 psi minimum). You’ll want to pay close attention to any chalk that may be on the surface. There is a good chance that the original coating has chalked badly and will need to be completely removed prior to painting. 

  • Beware of mildew 

Areas such as ceilings and eaves degrade slower than areas that are directly exposed to the sun. These areas tend to accumulate dirt and even mildew. It’s best if you power wash these areas if it’s an option. Using a solution that is three parts water and 1 part bleach should do the trick. Make sure it sits on the metal surface for at least ten minutes before being washed off with plain water. 

  • Primer 

The more thorough the cleaning, the better chance you won’t need to prime the metal surface before you paint. If you have a considerable amount of chalk residue or oxidation on the surface, it’s probably best you plan on laying down a coat of primer first. We recommend using a solvent-thinned primer. 

Do I Have To Prime Before Painting?

Best Outdoor Metal Paint

Standard high-quality 100% acrylic exterior paint is the best choice for painting aluminum or metal siding in most environments. It’s a good idea to go with a satin sheen that will shed water easier than matte paint and will stay looking better for a longer period of time. 

Steel doors, door frames, and handrails should be cleaned then primed with a rust-inhibitive solvent-based metal primer followed by a topcoat or two. These areas are subject to a great deal of wear and tear, so make sure you choose a durable topcoat paint. 

Painting Metal Gutters 

At some point, you may want to paint the gutters at your house, whether you just want a new look for your home or due to wear and rust. 

While it’s fairly easy to paint gutters, you can’t apply the paint directly to them. This would make the paint fall off and frustrate you. As with siding, your metal gutters need to be scrubbed and free from chalking and other residues to have primer and paint adhere to the surface. 

How to Protect Outdoor Painted Metal 

The best way to protect your outdoor metal is to follow the above steps. Putting in the time to get your siding as clean as possible, using the proper primer, and then finishing off by applying at least two coats of high-quality acrylic exterior paint will give you a fresh look while protecting your siding for many years to come. 

Conclusion: Painting Metal Siding & Gutters

If you’re in the middle of a painting project or have big plans in the near future, give us a call with your questions. We have a trained team of experienced painters who would be more than happy to help in any way we can.

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