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How To Paint Shiplap?

Utilizing shiplap in housing renovations and interior design is a fast-growing trend. Why? It’s low-cost, reasonably easy to install, and highlights a single architectural element like an accent wall or structure beam covering.The easiest way to give your shiplap a new look is by painting it. But do you know how to paint shiplap walls?

Painting shiplap is not difficult. By following the procedure for painting shiplap below, it can be a piece of cake.

How To Paint Shiplap: 3 Methods to Get it Right

As for picking paint colors, you may visit a paint store and select some paint samples to bring home to make your color selections manageable. You can choose whatever shiplap paint color you want. You may also consider your home’s architectural style, generation, and the visual effect you like. But if you’re going to play it safe, choose a white paint.

For best results on wood shiplap, use a water-based paint-and-primer in one.

What Type of Paint Finish To Use?

A question frequently raised is whether to use matte or semi-gloss on shiplap.

To complement your walls choose a flat finish or eggshell. As another option, you can match your trim – go with semi-gloss.

How To Paint Shiplap?

You can detach the shiplap to be painted. But this approach takes quite a lot of time and is likely to damage the load-bearing wall or the shiplap wall itself.

If your existing shiplap is still in an acceptable state, follow these steps to put some spark back into it.

Prepare The Room

Considering painting shiplap that’s already put up is the same as painting a typical wall, you’ll need to prep the room accordingly.

Clear as many fixtures, wall décor, and pieces of furniture near the wall as possible. Cover the floor and any objects that cannot be removed with a protective plastic sheet.

Use painter’s tape to cover the surfaces near the shiplap. It’s always better to be on the safe side and presume you’ll unintentionally spatter some paint and create a mess.

Shiplap Prep

Before you start painting, it’s imperative to prep the shiplap board. Many types of real shiplap boards come pre-primed, saving you time in this phase since you won’t need to prime!

You can start by ensuring none of your nail heads are sticking out of the boards. Next, use a putty knife to fill every nail hole, seam (between panels), and knot in the wood.

Take 100 to 150 grit sandpaper and sand the entirety so the grain is completely smooth. Then use a rag and vacuum to clean the dust off the shiplap.

Once everything is dust-free, check for noticeable shiplap cracks that must be sealed with caulking. Take your paintable caulk and fill in all the nail holes, cracks, and seams. You’ll need to remove any excess caulk with a rag. Let the caulk dry completely before painting the wall.

Painting Shiplap Walls

How To Paint Shiplap With Paint Brush and Paint Roller

Start with a small brush and paint shiplap grooves. Do this if you have real wood or faux shiplap boards with plywood. While this process is time-consuming and exhausting, you can still paint shiplap cracks with an artist’s paintbrush to make it less complicated to get into the narrow spaces.

Follow it up by rolling the first coat of paint to your shiplap wall—finally, the most thrilling step.

Next, inspect in-between all the boards for accumulated or pooled paint. If this does happen, use a small putty knife or paint scraper and gently run it over the spots to remove the excess paint.

Retouch the brushwork in between rolls if necessary, but finish with a second coat for a smooth finish.

How To Paint Shiplap With Paint Sprayer

The quickest way to paint the wall is to use a Paint Sprayer that is ideal for indoor projects and spray the installed shiplap wall.

The most challenging part of using this method is perfecting the technique. You need to make sure you can apply nice, even coverage for the walls.

Before you begin painting, wear a respirator mask, safety glasses, and disposable gloves.

Mix paint well and then strain it to prevent clogs. Then, fill your sprayer and you can get painting!

DIY Shiplap VS. Hiring A Professional

If you’re not confident doing a DIY shiplap job, consider calling Proserv Painters to ensure that your shiplap’s wall prep, primer, and topcoat paint look amazing. We can always help you save time accomplishing this painting project and get the desired results. Call 781-821-1750 today to schedule a free estimate!
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