How to Repair Cracked Wainscot Panelling How to Repair Cracked Wainscot Panelling

What You'll Need
Sandpaper
Wood putty
Putty knife
Utility knife

Wainscot paneling is usually installed over a flat wall surface to give a room more character and finished look. They are predominately beaded paneling that covers the lower section of the wall. Wainscoting can be installed in any room of a home, but is generally found in dens, family rooms, dining rooms and bathrooms. When there is a crack in the wainscoting it is an easy process to repair it.

Step 1 - Clean Crack in Paneling

Using the utility knife clean out the crack that is in the wainscoting. If it is a large enough crack you can use a chisel. However, these cracks in the paneling are normally small stress cracks. Clean out any splinters or loose pieces of wood.

Step 2 - Apply Wood Putty

Place a little wood putty between your fingers and roll it into a small ball. Roll it onto the crack and press it into the wood. Make sure that the putty fills the crack completely. Use the putty knife to spread it out even over the surface and feather it into the surrounding wood as much as possible.

Step 3 - Sand Putty Smooth

Allow the wood putty to dry until it has hardened enough to sand it without tearing it. Sand it smooth with 120 or 160 grit paper.

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