Interior House Painting: Paneling & Wainscoting


Walls in a house can be made from virtually any type of material. Some techniques used to build isolated rooms date back to ancient times, while other concepts are more modern. Paneling and wainscoting have become popular again due to their affordability and general appearance. These techniques of room isolation date back hundreds of years but have been refined into applicable styles for modern interior décor and are often used to draw interest to various surfaces.

Paneling offers an alternative to brick-based walls that isolate rooms from one another. These walls are not as thick as a stone or brick-based wall. While wainscoting shares the same principles as paneling, it is often utilized as a cover for lower parts of existing walls in a house, including those built from bricks or other materials. Even though it was once used for decorative purposes, wainscoting was originally designed to improve the resistance of a house to dampness.  

While many paneling or wainscoting materials come in a standard color during installation, you may want to change the color of your paneling or wainscoting by adding some paint.

Painting On Panelling And Wainscoting

The default material for paneling and wainscoting is wood, but many other options are available. These include synthetic plastic made from polyvinyl chloride, engineered wood made from medium density fiberboard, and sometimes even embossed metal.

It is important to know what kind of paint works best on each of these surfaces. Wood paneling, for example, requires a primer before paint can be applied and it often needs to be sanded. Metal needs to be cleaned with a wire brush or a scruff pad before painting and any oil residue or dust should be removed with a general household cleaner. Metal does not require a primer in most cases and the best type of paint to use is an acrylic latex paint.

When painting on fibreboard, it is important to sand the surface with a rougher grit sandpaper and to remove all dirt with a dry cloth. Failure to first sand fiberboard can cause spots where the paint may appear rougher than the rest of the surface. Fiberboard should be primed with a solvent-based primer, often with two coats, before it is painted with an acrylic or latex paint.

AllPro Painters Offer Paneling and Wainscoting Painting Services

Careful consideration should go into painting jobs that involve paneling and wainscoting, which is why relying on a professional team like AllPro Painters is a great choice. AllPro Painters offer professional painting services in Las Vegas, NV and other areas in Southern Nevada. In addition to paneling and wainscoting painting services, our professional painters offer solutions for other walls and surfaces.

It all starts with a free estimate, which you can request by visiting our website. You can provide all the details about your painting project and a consultant will get in touch with you soon. You may also phone us for a faster response. Our offices are open during standard business hours and can be reached at 702-830-9631.