How to Fill and Repair Cracks in Wood Paneling How to Fill and Repair Cracks in Wood Paneling

What You'll Need
Putty knife
Wax stick
Wood putty
Polish
Sandpaper
Scrap piece of wood paneling

Wood paneling adds a rustic accent to any home. Installing wood paneling is easy, although its flimsy texture leads to some unavoidable wear and tear, including the occasional break. A simple crack in wood paneling is somewhat easy to repair. Follow these steps to repair and fill cracks in wood paneling.

Step 1 - Determine the Color of the Wood Putty

When a wood panel is damaged, the repair is completed by simply using wood putty. The putty and the color of the existing wood panel should match. The color of wood panels diminish they age, so choose your putty carefully.

Step 2 - Wood Putty Purchasing Guide

Before selecting the wood putty, it is best to take a piece or scrap from the damaged wood paneling with you to the home improvement store or local hardware store. This piece of the wood paneling should be compared to the various wood putty colors at the store. Every lid of the wood putty container has a display of how the dried putty would appear. Pick out the color that best matches the color of the wood paneling to be repaired.

Step 3 - Repairing Minor Damages

If the damage is just a hairline scratch, then the repair can be completed by simply applying or wiping wood floor wax, furniture polish, shoe polish, or petroleum jelly on the damaged area. More dramatic damage or scratches on the wood paneling may need a stronger agent, such as a stick putty or wax to hide the scratch. It will act as a concealer to the damage on the wood paneling.

Step 4 - Repairing Major Damages

For damage on wood paneling that is deeper, such as a hole or scratches, the solution is to use wax or stick putty. The wax is applied to the holes using a putty knife. In the case of scratches, apply it like a crayon and simply color it. For cracks, fill it with putty and rub it smooth with a putty knife so it matches well with the wood paneling. For best results, let the putty dry fully. Wipe away any remaining wax with a soft damp cloth.

Step 5 - Finishing Touches

To make a smooth finish to the repair on the wood paneling, sand the repaired area with fine grade sandpaper. Use a sanding block to lightly sand the damaged area. Smooth the finish until it blends in with the rest of the wood paneling. After sanding, use a wood stain on the wood paneling to cover any blemishes.

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