Absolutely and it’s easier than you think! In fact, painting your walls is a great way to update your home and completely change your home’s look.

The walls in a manufactured home are different than the walls of a traditional or stick-built home. Manufactured walls are insulated, energy-efficient and usually covered with panels made of vinyl on gypsum (commonly called VOG panels). Builders use VOG panels because they are lightweight and easy to install. These vinyl coated panels have a shiny finish and often have a wallpaper-like coating over the gypsum. VOG wall seams are covered by batten strips for energy-efficiency and ease of installation.

Here’s what you need to do to paint VOG walls:

  • Before you begin, decide if you want to leave the batten strips up or remove them. Taking them down and filling in the seams is a cumbersome job — but it can look great when it’s done. (Ask your paint supply store for recommendations for seam-fillers for this task.)
  • If you can live with the battens, simply paint over them. They will blend in very well and your painting project will be much easier.
  • First, clean your walls thoroughly and patch and spackle any holes. Sanding is not recommended as it can tear panels.
  • Choose your paint. You will need both primer to cover panel prints and provide a good surface for paint adherence. A universal bonding or acrylic based primer works best.
  • High quality paint products are recommended for maximum adhesion, coverage and flexibility. Allow for 2-3 coats of paint, depending on quality of paint and intensity of wall pattern.
  • Use painters tape and drop cloths. Allow paint to dry thoroughly between coats.

Helpful painting tips:

  • Paint before temperatures drop below freezing for best results. Being able to open a window or door to allow for air ventilation is optimal.
  • Choose a paint color that blends well with the colors throughout your home for a well-designed look.
  • Buy the best quality brushes and rollers you can afford.
  • Low sheen or flat paint bonds to primer better than high-gloss paint — and helps hide imperfections.
  • An angle brush is very helpful around windows and doorframes.

Go ahead and paint your interior walls! With the right products and a little elbow grease, you can give your Rose Lake Estate home a fresh new look.