Redoing- or Painting a wall

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Thank you in advance for you help. I wish I could attach a photo.

I have a house single story (big basement) house built about 1955. It has good bones. Seems very solid. Oak floors I have discovered but the living room has an odd type of finish.

It is not drywall, but rather looks like something you would see in a modular home. The panels on the wall are slightly rough, unlike drywall and have seams with what seems like a vinyl or plastic separator between each panel. I have no idea why they put this in the house. I was going to try to remove the separators between the panels, but i think that is what holds them together. And even if I could and then drywall or fill the cracks, it would not be the same texture as the paneling. To replace them is more than I want to take on, but if I just paint over them, the 4 foot separators will still show. This is is a wierd one … Being on a budget, I don’t know if there are some thin covers to put over the entire walls or what.

Much appreciated!!! Will I get an email response or note that something is posted? :)

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    Very true. Removing it would most likely damage it. And then there’s no going back.

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    2017-08-27T02:44:32-04:00

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    I assume it is standard 16 on center like the rest of the house … i hate to destroy or damage it. Painting it be only end up polishing a turd.

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    Seems like the cheap paneling used in mobile homes. But of course, it’s there for a reason. I wonder what it looks like under it. Have you tried to remove it? As far as fixing what you have is very hard.

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    2017-08-26T12:41:41-04:00

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    not verifying that photo is posting ….


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    2017-08-26T12:40:24-04:00

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    Here it is .. grained vinyl type surface, strips connecting … nice house, bad/cheap wall … I wonder, on a budget, if just painting it a nice solid will improve it or if the strips will still stand out as odd. :) Thanks

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    A picture would really help here. But you can attach a picture right here. Let me know if you don’t see it, ok.