Abrahams Painting

Wallcovering over grooved paneling

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WASH THE PANELING

FILL THE GROOVES

HANG HEAVYWEIGHT LINING PAPER
Papering over paneling: step by step

You can put wallpaper right over old paneling without removing it. Be sure the paneling is tight and flat to the wall. If it's sagging or bulging, the wallcovering eventually will do the same. Drive finishing nails into the grooves to shore up any trouble spots. 
Then proceed as follows:
 

  • WASH THE PANELING with mineral spirits or a good degreaser after removing all switchplates and wall fixtures. Shut off power if electrical wiring is exposed. Be sure the area is well-vented. Then rinse the paneling and let it dry.
  • FILL the grooves and patch any holes using a putty knife and spackling compound. Spread the compound as smoothly and evenly as possible. Then apply a coat of adhesion-promoting primer, such as Shieldz, from Zinsser. 
  • HANG HEAVYWEIGHT  lining paper perpendicular to the paneling grooves so that the seams of the wallcovering won't overlap those of the liner. You're now ready to hang the new wallcovering you've chosen.