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Good Paint Color for Wood Paneling

You can paint your wood paneling any color; however, some provide benefits others do not. Though you can base your color choice totally on personal taste, consider the condition of the wood before settling on a choice. Prepare the paneling using the proper primer, or coverage may prove difficult.

Light colors of paint reveal minor flaws.

You can paint your wood paneling any color; however, some provide benefits others do not.  Though you can base your color choice totally on personal taste, consider the condition of the wood before settling on a choice.

Prepare the paneling using the proper primer, or coverage may prove difficult. 


New Paneling

New wood panels are well-suited for any color of paint, because they are generally in good condition.  You can paint this type of paneling with light colors of paint; however, darker colors will hide dirt much better.


Older Paneling

Old paneling tends to have minor flaws that light colors of paint help to accentuate.  Darker colors of paint, such as deep brown and green, tend to hide small cracks, knotholes and nicks much better.


Coverage

No matter what color of paint you choose, coverage could prove challenging if the wood is stained.  Ensure an attractive finish with the least number of coats by treating stained wood paneling with a stain-blocking shellac primer.

About the Author

Ryan Lawrence is a freelance writer based in Boulder, Colorado. He has been writing professionally since 1999. He has 10 years of experience as a professional painting contractor. Lawrence writes for High Class Blogs and Yodle. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism and public relations with a minor in history from the University of Oklahoma.

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