I just let it dry and sanded if areas were not smooth and I bought a heavy wallpaper (Sherwin Williams) that was discounted and wallpapered my whole living room. I hate dark paneling because I want as much of the sunlight and light as possible. I think I used about 5 to 6 gallons on a 14 x 70 trailer. I used one that was supposed to cover with one coat.I just bought wallpaper paste and put it up as usual. For the outside, I washed with a pressure washer, which you can rent. I only put one coat on and I wished later I had put on two coats. I otherwise find decorating things at resale stores and yard sales.But first make sure the tape will not destroy the paneling when it is removed.
Of course, for me, the best option of all is bead board.
And don’t worry, my loves, a post for that will be coming in just a few weeks, so hang on to yer britches 🙂 Got any other questions about painting a mobile home? Just leave a comment below or email me – I’ll do what I can to help ya out!
In case you don’t know about it, they use this type of wall covering in a mobile home instead of traditional drywall because it comes pre-covered so it’s cheaper and faster to manufacture the home. I wiped mine down with a solution of dish liquid and water (just like dishwater) then wiped them down again with clean water to make sure they’re all free of gook & grime. I’ve just recently tried the new Glidden Performance Edge 3-in-1 paint, and I gotta tell ya – it’s really good stuff! I’ve been painting with it in my living room and I’ve gotta tell ya, I’m in love with it! For most folks I know that’s not an issue – but for those living with the vinyl walls in a mobile home, that right there is gold. I just paint right over the strips that hide all the connections in the dry wall on my walls, but you could take them off and caulk them if you’d like.
After the walls are all dry, then use a GOOD paint to paint them. It goes on smooth, covers amazingly well, but the best part is that it’s formulated to fill in all the little nail holes and tiny blemishes in your walls. Using the new paint means no priming, no real prep work, just roll it on. It won’t give you super smooth walls, but if those strips drive you crazy then it’s not a terrible option.
Anyway after you have filled the cracks you then sand a little to get the shine off the paneling and then coat with Kilz or any other good primer. By filling in the cracks and smoothing this way you can even add wallpaper borders to the walls.
Molding is cheap and can be used also to give the room a different feel.
What about siding or putting on a peaked roof facade? First, I washed the paneling with TSP to get any oil or furniture spray that had been used to preserve the paneling then I coated it with primer before painting.
In my living room I used spackle to go between the paneling.
After a coat of paint and an inexpensive carpet remnant, the room was brand spanking new! Use lemon or tungsten oil to moisturize and brighten the paneling.
Doris I lived in a mobile home for 5 years and here is what I learned. Anything that can be used in a conventional house can be used in a mobile.
When trimming wood panels with a power saw, cut with the finished side down.