Tongue and groove paneling is made by attaching slats of wood together along with using a tongue and groove joint for covering a wall. It is very commonly used in the older homes which were built before paneling the large sheets of wood, are also used nowadays.
Painting over the tongue and groove paneling is not that difficult and some steps should be taken for giving it a good look. The floor is protected from debris and paint by covering it with sheets of plastic, readily bought from any type of shop of home goods. Then the sheets of floor are taped by lining it from the edges with a painter’s tape. However the paneling does not cover the overall height of the wall and then taping off the top edge of paneling.
Removal of the old paint from tongue and groove paneling
Primer adheres and paint is best for raw wood. The wood for paint is prepared by the usage of fine to normal grit sandpaper for the removal of the existent coating of gloss or paint. Some thin wood areas are tough to reach so the paint should be removed by a chemical paint remover and a metal scraper.
Selection of paint on the tongue and groove paneling
Selecting an appropriate paint for the tongue and groove paneling is a vital point. It is better to use oil-based paint rather than using the interior latex paint which turns out to be great general purpose paint for the tongue and groove paneling. The oil based paints are preferably used more than the latex paint because of its durability in spite of being worse for the environment and tough to remove. It is also essential to choose the perfect paint sheen for the region depending mainly on the area to be covered. Semi gloss or satin is the best paint sheen preferred for tongue and groove paneling. An eggshell or satin finish can be used for wood paneling further extending from the floor to the ceiling.
Priming and painting on the tongue and groove paneling
The painting is started by a rolling primer on to a ten foot section paneling. A roller is also covered with primer and then covering the roller with a plastic bag for preventing further drying. The paint brush is dipped in the primer for painting the corners and cracks of the tongue and groove paneling. Working on the minute areas enables one to smoothly finish the painting and move on the other section. The wall is painted by using the previous method which was used for painting the primer and then covering the paneling in the paint. Several thick coats should be used rather than applying a single thick coat. After the process is complete and the paint is dried, the tape is removed.
Tongue and groove paneling is also used for sheds in the gardens. This paneling is used for shedding due to the interlocking timber which creates a durable, secured and strong panel