Can you no longer see your paneling in paint? Here are some tips from Jean-Luc Dhorne, former business manager in painting and construction and now a teacher in a technical high school, to remedy the problem! Interview by Caroline Delman. What are the reasons, apart from weariness, why you usually want to remove your paneling? There are two main ones. The first is the deterioration of the paneling. It is often moldy because of a damp wall or soil (capillary rises). The second is the lack of clarity it can cause. In which cases should the paneling be removed? Removing a paneling is not within everyone's reach but it is sometimes necessary. When the wall or the floor is wet, the wood of the paneling rots and there is nothing to do to "save" it. It must therefore be removed. Then the wall must be treated with a lining. Expanded or extruded polystyrene sheets of 2 to 10 cm must be installed. Then a plasterboard will cover the whole. For any new coating, finally pass a layer of printing. What can you do without removing the paneling? The only solution is to paint it. And in light colors that will illuminate the room, often obscured by the paneling. To do this, sand the paneling, apply a primer, then paint. And voila!