Settle Our Argument - Cracks in between Wood Paneling


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Old 02-05-06, 06:17 AM
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Ok, please settle in an argument between my fiance and I. We have OLD wood paneling (knotty) in our LONG bowling alley sized hallway. It is not the BEST of knotty pine. We decided to paint it b/c our hallway was just too dark, even w/ lights. Anyways, some of the boards have become warped over time. We don't want to replace individual boards b/c eventually down the road, we'll probably sheet rock the hallway. I have tried to paint in between the cracks but the cracks all vary in size! Some are less than 1/4" and some are closer to 1/2"! They're all about 1/4" deep. What do you suggest I fill them in with. I had read somewhere that wood putty or white caulk would work. My fiance says I'm crazy and that none of those ideas would ever work b/c of the boards uneven-ness (the majority of the hall has flat smooth boards). HELP!
 
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Old 02-05-06, 06:32 AM
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Caulk the cracks and repaint.
For the bigger ones, fill them with a backer rod, then caulk/repaint.
 
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Old 02-05-06, 06:43 AM
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It depends on the situation, but I'd use caulk or Elmer's Wood Filler
Caulk if it were a situation where I didn't want to sand, the filler if I did want to sand

As a general rule, if it's the cracks in between boards caulk, cracks in the boards fill
 
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Old 02-05-06, 06:46 AM
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Red face Thanks!

Thank you for your help!

Now, my fiance will probably say "What about the boards that are warped" b/c I won't be able to get as smooth a caulking in those cracks in between the boards. But I think since 95% of the boards are ok, that those areas will hardly be noticeable.
 
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Old 02-05-06, 11:57 AM
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Well, it looks like we won't have to do any caulking after all. My fiance took down the old crown molding (which was CHEAPLY done by former owners who used QUARTER ROUND!!!!) only to discover that the drywall on the ceiling isn't even resting properly on the walls and is ALSO warped. So we are going to call some contractors to come in and price getting the ceiling and walls done.

Sometimes you can just do it yourself after all.

 
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Old 02-05-06, 01:10 PM
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My fiance took down the old crown molding... only to discover that the drywall on the ceiling isn't even resting properly on the walls and is ALSO warped....
Yikes
I'm assuming the 1/4 round was holding up the ceiling?
That wouldn't be the worst I've seen, but it's not good either lol
 
 

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