Painting wall panels – methods and tips

Painting wooden wall panels can be a demanding task, and if you’ve ever tried painting them, you know how much work it takes. If something goes wrong, there is a risk that the process will have to be repeated many times. To make sure you don’t waste your precious time and weekends, here’s how to paint wood veneer the right way.

Painting wooden wall panels?

Step 1: Clean the wall: The first step is to thoroughly clean the surface. Many things can prevent paint from sticking to wood veneers. Whether it’s dust, dirt or fingerprints, even a little can make a painting job seem sloppy. Therefore, it is worth starting with thorough cleaning.

Step 2: Sand the wall: Once the wood veneers have dried after cleaning, you will need to sand them. This will allow the paint to adhere better to the surface. Using 220 grit sandpaper, lightly sand the wall in a circular motion. You don’t need to spend too much time on this step. All you need to do is run the sandpaper over the wall a few times. This is an important step because sanding the wood veneer will prevent the paint from drying out in streaks and the painting will last longer.

Step 3: Protect the floor: Apply painter’s tape to the floor surface directly next to the wall you intend to paint. Then unfold the paint sheet and stick it to the wall for double protection. Without painter’s tape, the sheet may shift and interfere with the painting of the wall, increasing the risk of paint staining the floor.

Step 4: Apply two layers of primer: The choice of primer type depends on the type of wood veneer. Another solution is to use a stain-blocking primer. This solution will extend the durability of the painting because it will hide wood imperfections, such as knots, that may later appear on the surface. If your wood veneers have dimples, start by painting them with a two-inch brush. Then paint larger areas using a paint roller. When the primer dries, repeat this step again.

Step 5: Apply two coats of final paint color: Begin the final step of painting wood veneer by painting the recesses and edges using a two-inch wide brush. Then use a large paint roller to paint larger areas. After finishing painting, wash the brush and let the paint dry. Between layers, gently sand the wall so that the next layer adheres better.


Painting wood veneers is indeed a demanding task. Even if you do it right, painting wood veneers will take some time. However, if you follow each step discussed above, you will be able to get the job done like a pro.

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