How to Patch Wall Paneling

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Things You'll Need

  • Paneling piece

  • Panel adhesive

  • Paneling nails

  • Hammer

  • Measuring tape

  • Utility knife

  • Masking tape

  • Furring strips

  • Putty knife

How to Patch Wall Paneling. If your wall paneling has a hole or gouge, don't despair; a repair is not as difficult as you think. In most cases, a simple patch can make the paneling look new.

Step 1

Cut a piece of panel slightly larger than the hole or gouge. Center the piece over the hole, lining up grooves on the patch and paneling. Hold up the patch with a strip of masking tape.


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Step 2

Use a utility knife to score an outline of the patch on the paneling surface. Remove the patch. Cut the panel out, prying loose with a putty knife.

Step 3

Make a framed support for the patch with 4 1-inch by 3-inch furring strips. Use panel adhesive to glue strips around the hole, half under paneling and half exposed. Let the adhesive dry according to the manufacturer's instructions.


Step 4

Apply a bead of paneling adhesive around the back of the patch, close to the edges and the furring strips. Let glue get tacky before placing the patch in the hole.

Step 5

Nail paneling nails around the edge of the patch, spaced 3 inches apart. Sink nails with a nail set and fill nail head holes with wood putty.


Scratches on wood paneling can be repaired by lightly sanding and applying the wood putty of the same color.