How to Replace a Damaged Piece of Wall Paneling Part 1

  • 10-20 hours
  • Advanced
  • 100-1,000
What You'll Need
Nails (different sizes)
Fine-toothed saw
Tape measure or rule
Carpenter's square
Straightedge rule
Utility knife
Plumb line
Powdered chalk
Chalk line
Drill and bits
Saber saw
Coping saw
Miter box
Heavy-duty construction adhesives
Caulking gun
Waterproof primer
Putty stick
Carpenter's chalk
Eye protection
Working Gloves

Replacing a damaged piece of wall paneling requires a lot of hard work. If you have a big house and most of your walls are damaged, expect to put in a lot of long hours and even days on your project. However, the good news is that replacing your wall panelings on your own can help you save a lot of money. (This is Part 1 of a 2 part series. To move ahead to Part 2, click here.)

To help you replace damage wall paneling, here is what you need to do.

Step 1 – Test the Walls

Before you start taking your wall panelings down, you need to assess the extent of the damage first. The damage on your wall paneling can extend beyond what is visible to the naked eye. Sometimes, wall panels look good on the outside but its inside are already damaged by termites and woodworms. To determine the extent of the damage, tap the walls with a hammer and listen to the sound it makes. Damaged boards usually give out a hollow sound when tapped with a hammer. Areas that show signs of bloating and discoloration may also be badly damaged from the inside.

Step 2 – Do Project Estimates

Before buying supplies, you need to determine first the amount of materials that you need for your project. To get an idea as to how much wall paneling materials you need, measure the area that you want to replace then add an extra paneling board to your estimates. When choosing the right paneling, take into consideration the present set up of your room and see to it that your new paneling match the colors and designs of the rest of the room.

Step 3 – Condition the Wall Paneling

After buying your wall panels, do not attempt to install the new paneling right away. Before you install the new wall paneling, you need to condition or acclimatize it first. To do this, stand the panels individually on their long edges around the room for about 24 to 48 hours.

Step 4 – Prepare Your Walls

Before installing your new panels, clean your wall and check it for damages first. If you have a masonry wall, check the wall for excessive moisture. Excessive moisture can cause damages on your new paneling so make sure that you waterproof your wall before you install the new paneling. To waterproof your wall, buy some waterproof coating materials and apply it evenly on your wall. Let the coating material dry completely before you install your new panels.

On the other hand, if you have a framed wall, check the studs to make sure that they are in vertical position. Use the stud finder to help you locate all the studs on your wall. The studs should be located 16 inches apart and must be in line with each other. If the studs are not in line with each other, you need to rearrange them before you install your new panels.