FRP wall panels in today’s home are still a reality for some homeowners; despite reaching the pinnacle of popularity in the 1970s. In most cases the wood panel is dark, which additional date is home. An alternative is to remove panels to give the home a more modern look; however, removing panels can reveal damaged walls that require extensive repairs. To circumvent the time and money spent on wall repairs, you may want to consider staining panels a lighter color to give the room a lighter and airier feel. This is a relatively simple project to complete with the correct instructions and supplies.
Remove wall containers from panels, including switchboards and plug coatings. Use a soap-and-water solution to remove dirt and gravel from panels. Remove old staples and nails from the FRP wall panels, using a hammer for the nails and a small chisel to dig old staples. Check the edges of panels to make sure you have removed the nails. Hammer down nails and staples that you can have hard to remove.
Use a wall joint to fill in holes from removing staples and nails. Allow the compound to dry before proceeding to the next step. Gently remove FRP wall panels to remove wax or other pre-finish. Use a dust vacuum or dust cloth to pick up residual dust during grinding. Pour one liter of oil-based paint into the empty gallon size can; add 1/2 to 3/4 liter thinner and mix well. Use a brush previously used for oil-based paint to apply the stain to two or three vertical slots of panels, then even apply the stain to the boards adjacent to the painted grooves. Use old rags to wipe colored boards.