How To Cover Up Wood Paneling and other types of Paneling and our Top Recommendation

There are several methods to achieve a smooth, contemporary finish over wood paneling, each with its advantages and challenges.
How To Cover Up Wood and other types of Paneling Top Recommendations

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Let’s Explore How To Cover Up Wood Paneling and other Types of Paneling Plus our Top Recommendation

Wood paneling can give a room a dated look, and many homeowners seek to cover it up for a more modern aesthetic. There are several methods to achieve a smooth, contemporary finish over wood paneling, each with its advantages and challenges. In this blog post, we will explore various techniques for covering wood paneling, discuss their pros and cons, and introduce Semco’s Skim Coat System as our top recommendation for an effective and long-lasting solution.

Understanding the Wood Paneling Challenge

Wood paneling, while sturdy and durable, presents a unique challenge when it comes to creating a seamless surface. The grooves and texture of the paneling can be difficult to hide, requiring a method that not only covers but also adheres well and remains durable over time.

Methods for Covering Wood Paneling

Covering with Sheets of Drywall:

  • Time and Expense: This method involves attaching drywall sheets directly over the paneling. While this can create a perfectly smooth surface, it is time-consuming and costly. The process includes measuring, cutting, and securing the drywall, followed by taping, mudding, and sanding the seams.
  • Pros: Provides a completely smooth and even surface.
  • Cons: Labor-intensive, requires significant time and skill, and can be expensive due to the materials and labor involved.

Using Joint Compound:

  • Method: Some homeowners attempt to fill the grooves in the paneling with joint compound, smoothing it over to create a flat surface. However, this method has significant drawbacks.
  • Drawbacks: According to discussions on Reddit, joint compound alone is too brittle and prone to cracking, especially where the paneling moves or shifts slightly over time.
  • Pros: Low-cost and relatively easy to apply.
  • Cons: Not durable; cracks and failures are common, requiring frequent repairs and maintenance.

Our Top Recommendation: Semco Microcement Skim Coat System

Given the limitations of the above methods, we recommend Semco’s Skim Coat System as the most effective solution for covering wood paneling. This system combines strength and flexibility, ensuring a durable and smooth finish that can withstand the natural movements of the paneling.

Benefits of Semco Microcement Skim Coat System

(Yes, we have a kit. See below)

  1. Superior Adhesion: The Semco Skim Coat System bonds exceptionally well to wood surfaces, ensuring a stable and long-lasting finish.
  2. Flexibility: Unlike joint compound, Semco’s skim coat is flexible enough to handle minor movements and shifts of wood paneling without cracking.
  3. Ease of Application: The skim coat system is designed for straightforward application, making it accessible for DIY enthusiasts and professionals.
  4. Durability: The finished surface is robust, resistant to cracking, and provides a smooth, modern look that lasts.
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How to Apply Semco Skim Coat System

Highlight: Flexible, waterproof and used for interior, exterior, horizontal, and vertical surfaces. The SEMCO Microcement seamless surface Skim Coat Kit comes in Small and Large sized kits. You can simply add multiples of the same kit to the cart for the coverage amount needed.

Here’s a step-by-step guide:

  1. Prepare the Surface: Ensure the wood paneling is clean and free of dust or grease. Lightly sand the surface to create a better bonding surface.
  2. Prime the Paneling: Apply the Xbond liquid as a primer to enhance the adhesion of the skim coat.
  3. Mix the Skim Coat: Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to mix the Semco Skim Coat.
  4. Apply the First Coat: Using a trowel or a wide putty knife, spread a thin layer of the skim coat over the paneling, filling in the grooves and creating a smooth surface.
  5. Apply Additional Coats: Apply subsequent coats as needed to achieve the desired smoothness, allowing each layer to dry before adding the next.
  6. Sand and Finish: Once the final coat is dry, lightly sand the surface to smooth out imperfections. Your wall is now ready for painting or further finishing.

Covering up wood paneling can transform a dated space into a modern haven.

While traditional methods like drywall and joint compound have their place, they come with significant cost, labor, and durability. Semco’s Skim Coat System offers a superior alternative, providing flexibility, strength, and ease of application for a smooth, long-lasting finish.

Have you tried Microcement?

The Semco microcement is a decorative coating comprised of pulverized marble, cement, water-based resins, additives, mineral pigments and sealers that can be applied on a multitude of vertical and horizontal surfaces thanks to its amazing bond strength.

This construction material stands out because it can be applied directly onto existing materials and surfaces including: tile, drywall, marble, terrazzo, stone, wood and plastics. The standard thickness is only 1/8″ making floor transitions, doorways and renovations a breeze. It is also low-VOC, non-toxic and odorless.

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