I've got ghastly fake wood paneling in a room. Its just hammered directly
onto the 2x4 studs. If you scratch at it long enough you can get the
paper/plastic 'wood print' off (leaving masoboard), but it literally takes
an hour to do a 2'x2' area, so I've given up on that. Tearing it all down
and putting up drywall will just take too long and be too expensive at this
Plan B was to fill all the grooves (they're about 1/8" deep) and joint the
seams and corners then prime and paint. After spending too much time and
making one hell of a mess I've given up on that. The good news: the whole
room (about 20'x15') has had the walls washed with TSP, Ammonia and Mineral
Spirits (as per the directions on the B-I-N Primer). The panelling still
looks intact after this chemical assault, so it seems the plastic print will
stay on the Masoboards. I've also jointed the corners (the old panelling
just used to butt up against itself at the corners): I taped the interior
corners and mudded them up pretty well, and put steel beads and mudded up
the exterior corners.
So here is Plan C: put a really rough coat of mud into the grooves, sand it
smoothish, then throw on "Wall Liner" (which is like thick wallpaper), then
paint. Here are the questions:
1. I know I need to size the panelling before putting on the liner. Should I
just size it, or should I also prime it? The liner is thick stuff, so I'm
not really worred about anything bleeding through. I'm rather worried about
it not sticking properly to the panelling and peeling or bubbling in a few
2. After I have put up the wall liner, do I have to prime it, or can I just
paint directly onto it (the stuff sells itself as 'ready to paint')?
3. Given that I've never wallpapered a room before, how long do you figure
it will take to do this?
4. Other suggestions/comments?