Cathy In my bedroom of our 1976 mobile home, we removed the built-in drawer unit/vanity in the master bedroom to make use of "outdated" space.
We then covered the brown paneled walls and closet doors with inexpensive paintable textured wallpaper.
For both, it is very likely that a wax or varnish was applied to them over the years.In order to paint them, you have to remove it or the paint will not adhere to the wood and thus, peel off.I am trying to remodel an older (1977) trailer to look modern, fresh and newer. How can I make my trailer look really nice inside and outside without spending too much?How can I paint the ugly dark brown doors and dark paneling? Usually you need to use something that keeps the background from bleeding through.Sealer is relatively inexpensive and will save you lots or hassle in the long run. Use a modern, warm tone on walls as this will give even the oldest of homes a cozy feel.
A mossy green, taupe or creamy yellow are good choices.
After a coat of paint and an inexpensive carpet remnant, the room was brand spanking new! Use lemon or tungsten oil to moisturize and brighten the paneling.
Doris I lived in a mobile home for 5 years and here is what I learned. Anything that can be used in a conventional house can be used in a mobile.
To get rid of the paneling you need to get some tubes of painter's caulk and fill in the grooves on the panels.
It takes some work but then you will have a smooth surface, My husband says the easiest way to do this is with a 3 inch wide putty knife.
If you are into the country look why not try filling only some of the cracks maybe every third one or so and leaving the wider spaces on the board and it will look like that expensive colonial paneling.