What Paint Can You Use for Wall Panels?

What Paint Can You Use for Wall Panels?

If you are looking to add some wall panelling with colour to match your existing colour schemes, then painting is an excellent way to achieve this. This post looks at the different paints which you can use when it comes to painting wall panelling and the different stages you should do so the panels look high quality and done by a professional.

Stage 1: Dampen the MDF Panels

The first stage is to dampen the panels with a layer of primer. By adding the primer to the panels, the pores in the MDF will open and ensure that there is better adhesion of the paint to the panels. This will also act as an additional protective barrier for the panels. 

You should ensure that all the panels are fully coated with primer to ensure that the panel is protected and can easily be painted.

Step 2: Allow to Dry & Then Apply the Second Coat

Next you should allow the panels to dry for at least 4 hours and then you should add a second layer in the same way as above. In some cases, paints may need more than 4 hours to dry between coats. Please check with the paint manufacturer for the appropriate time to dry between coats.

Step 3: Apply Your First Coat of Paint

Once you have allowed the second coat of primer to dry, you should apply your first coat of paint to the wall panels. Similarly to the primer, you should apply the paint fully to the panel.

Step 4: Apply The Second Coat of Paint

Finally, once you have allowed the first coat to dry you should apply the second coat to ensure that the paint has been fully applied to the panel. 

As soon as the paint has dried, you can step back and admire your masterpiece.

Key Things to Consider

  • At DIY Wall Panelling, we offer priming for all of our wall panels. If you would like to use a water based primer then you will need to use a water based paint.
  • When drying the wall panels (if painted prior to installation), they should be stored on a perfectly flat and smooth surface to ensure there is no chance of the panels warping.
  • Although we are not affiliated with any brands, we recommend using almost any variant & brand of paint on the panels. We only recommend against a High Gloss finish, with the vast majority of panels being painted in either a Matt or Satin finish.
  • Regarding Brands, please check the dry times with each paint prior to applying new layers as some paints take significantly longer to dry than others (some Farrow & Ball paints can take a whole week to dry!)
  • Ensure the Primer & Paint combination are correct. You do not want to apply an Oil Based Paint onto a Water Based Primer in the same way you do not want to apply a Water Based Paint onto an Oil Based Primer. We use a water based primer as standard as most paint applications are utilizing a Water Based Paint.

If you are looking to spruce up your home with some wall panelling, then why not shop with DIY Wall Panelling. We offer a range of high quality MDF wall panels in a range of designs and a friendly customer service, who are more than happy to help with any queries you may have.

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