How to Care for Knotty Pine Paneling

Knotty pine paneling can character and interest to most any home. The flaws and intricate bend of the grain create a beautiful comparison to the warm tones in the knotty wood. As long as knotty pine paneling is properly cared for, its rustic charms will last for years.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • Wood putty
  • Putty knife
  • Sand paper
  • Wood sealant
  • Lemon oil
  • Paint brush
  • Sponge
  • Wood cleaner

Step 1 – Wood Putty

Select an appropriately toned wood putty to match your paneling. Use a putty knife to fill in any knots or gashes which are too large or look damaged. Allow the putty to dry and sand smooth. Keep any unused putty since pine can be gashed easily and may need to be touched up in the future.

Step 2 – Sealant

Due to the soft, porous nature of pine lumber a sealant is important. Blocking moisture and stains from penetrating the wood will prevent permanent damage. Standard wood sealant can be applied with a paint brush to get a shiny finish. Use liberal amounts of 100% lemon oil for a natural finish.

 Step 3 – Cleaning

With a rag or sponge, wipe down the knotty pine paneling with a wood cleaner. Be sure to ring the sponge out until only damp before using. Clean once a week and dust as needed.