Painting wooden panels - How to do it properly?
I initially planned to strip my wooden panels and stain them so that the wood texture is kept but unfortunately the tests I've made with the strip sample wall didn't turned out well, as the wood natural color is dark and any stain I used (even very light colors) always came out dark and I want lighter color for the walls to give a contrast to the dark hardwood floor I have.
I've decided to make a 180 degrees change and paint the wall panels in white and give a fresh new look to the whole room.
What is the right process for painting wood panels to smooth Matte white with the grains no longer visible.
The panels currently have clear semi gloss coat on them (not sure which type), would appreciate step by step process with regards to wood filler for the defects, sanding (which grit/grits and how much to sand, when is it enough before applying the primer), the correct primer and paint types as well as a protective layer which doesn't have any gloss whatsoever.
Also, how should I sand the grooves? is there a tool I can order online which will make it easier and more effective? to me this seems like the hardest part in the whole process.
Your assistance is very much appreciated.