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
- 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.