Taking paneling off the walls is a difficult and time-consuming task. Painting the paneling is the easiest way to change the look of the room. A necessary step to prepare paneling for painting is filling in the cracks in the paneling.
Things You'll Need
- All-purpose cleaner
- Utility knife
- Wood caulk
- Caulk gun
- Filler compound
- Putty knife
- Sander with sandpaper
Fill a bucket with warm water. Dilute some cleaner in the bucket. Use a sponge with a scrubber on the back to thoroughly clean the walls.
Use the rags to wipe off the walls as you clean so dirty water will not collect on your floor. Allow the walls to dry completely.
Brush primer onto the walls at the cracks. Brush primer on the entire wall if you are going to paint the walls. Allow the primer to dry for a couple of hours.
Cut the tip off the caulk container using a utility knife.
Load the caulk gun with the caulk. Fill the cracks in the paneling using one smooth pass of the caulk gun.
Wipe the caulk immediately with a damp rag to even out the caulk and make it flush with the rest of the paneling. Let the caulk dry completely.
Inspect the caulk-filled cracks. Check to see if the caulk has shrunk as it dried and is no longer flush with the rest of the paneling.
Repeat Steps 5 and 6 if necessary to completely fill the cracks in the paneling.
Use Filler Compound
Clean the paneling as in Steps 1 and 2 above.
Fill the cracks in your paneling using a wood filler compound instead of caulk. Use a putty knife to apply the wood filler to the walls. Smooth it out as much as you can and allow the putty to dry completely.
Sand the putty to smooth it out and remove any excess.
How to Fill Cracks in Walls
There are usually two types of walls. The walls in older homes were often constructed of plaster and lath strips. As the...
How to Paint Over Wall Panels
Don't think you have to live with outdated wall paneling. A few coats of paint can totally transform paneled walls with a...
How to Fill in a Seam Between Wood Paneling & Drywall
Wood and drywall react differently to temperature and moisture changes. Wood may expand as seasons and weather change, but drywall may not....
How to Fill Seams on Paneling Before Painting
You recently moved in to an older home. The house itself is sturdy, but the interior decorations are too retro for your...
The Best Way to Cover Wood Paneling
If you have a house with outdated wood paneling, take hope. A number of methods exist you can use to turn your...
How to Fill Cracks With Wood Filler
Cracks develop in wood over time as it weathers and ages. It is important to fill those cracks as they develop in...
How to Fill Grooves in Wood Paneling
Most wood paneling from the 1960s and 70s is made up of think boards with darker, inset grooves located about every 8...
How to Fill in the Cracks of Paneling Before Painting
Wood paneling isn't as common as it once was. If your home still has walls covered with wood paneling and you want...