Painting interior light wood paneling in a Shasta Airflyte

Hello- Could anyone give me some tips on painting  the interior of a 1968 Shasta Airflyte? The paneling is in good shape and I plan to wipe it down with a mild cleaner and then? I also want to do the cabinets.drawer facings. All are in good shape except two bottom doors under the sink that will be replaced.

Seal the wood with a sealer?

I plan to use an enamel paint (easier to clean in the future).

How many coats?

How do you think it will look?

I am not concerned with keeping it "original" as to looks. I am thinking of a very light yellow with a deep green trim (also in enamel)

Any input would be appreciated!

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Comment by Sheri Rose on March 9, 2011 at 2:39pm
Thanks guys! Dee-I never though of the "John Deere" look and I am not going for that-ugh! I do like dark green trim for some strange reason but I may actually do a very off white (sand?) and a deep red for more of a southwest look.  I do want to brighten the interior and it is only an old light color paneling. I wish it were a Birch- that I would leave and just clear coat but redoing it with that type is way above our budget! I will be making curtains and do plan to match those with the trim color if. I will also be recovering the cushions but have not decided on the color on those yet although all I will have are the original seat cushions on the bench seats at the table area. The bed area will stay out at all times so will be looking for or making a spread for it that will color coordinated. Thanks for the input guys! It is most appreciated!
Comment by Martha F on March 9, 2011 at 12:28pm

Hi there, I just painted over EVERYTHING in my 1986 Play-mor, because it was butt-ugly paneling and half of it was fake paneling. I used a primer from Sherwin Williams made especially for painting over laminates, slick surfaces, etc. Almost $50 a gallon but worked. I started out hand painting the primer (3 hours), then got tired and called my friend with a sprayer and he had it masked off and sprayed in 1 hour! In your case you could wait a couple of hours, then paint your yellow and all you would have to hand paint would be the trim!

Then for my light to medium  colors one coat of my Behr covered nicely, but for my dark red i used the new Behr with built in primer.  I'm with Dee on the trim. I never like to use a darker trim than the paint color unless the trim is stained wood. yellow is a hard color to get right...I'd buy a little sample can. Good luck!



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