Beadboard paneling is installed over a flat surface in order to give a room character and a natural look. This type of paneling can be installed in different rooms, particularly the den, dining room, kitchen, family rooms and even bathrooms. On the other hand, this type of paneling is not only used on walls but they can also be used on ceilings. Since a beadboard paneling is made from wood, it easily cracks through time. The cracks are brought about by several factors but the most common reason is that wood shrinks over time. While it is difficult to prevent cracks from happening to your beadboard paneling, fixing them is very easy. When it comes to repairing cracks on beadboard paneling, you will need the following materials:
- Woody putty
- Sand paper
- Utility knife
- Putty knife
- Clean cloth
- Paint brush
Step 1 – Clean the Crack Found On the Paneling
Using a utility knife, clean out the crack found on the beadboard paneling. If the crack is large enough, then you can use other tools to clean it out, such as a chisel. However, in most cases, the cracks found on the paneling are small stress cracks which are caused by the shrinking of the wood over time. Once the cracks have been cleaned, make sure that you also remove the loose splinters or pieces of wood found on the beadboard paneling. You can use a utility knife to remove the splinters.
Step 2 – Apply the Wood Putty On To the Cracks
Prepare the wood putty according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Once done, place a little bit of wood putty between your fingers and fill in the cracks on the paneling. Press the wood putty into the wood in order to fill in even the most hard to reach places inside the crack. You can use a putty knife or a spreader to spread the entire material to the surface of the wood. Let the wood putty set inside the crack and leave it for several hours before you proceed to the next step.
Step 3 – Sand the Wood Putty until Smooth
Using a gritty sand paper, smoothen out the hardened putty until you no longer feel its rough surface. The prescribed value of sandpaper should be between 150 to 200. Clean the sanded area with a clean cloth.
Step 4 – Apply a Stain
Once the wood putty has been applied to fill in the cracks on the beadboard paneling, it will leave an unsightly different color on the surface of the wood, so it is important that you apply a new stain to the beadboard panel to hide the wood putty. Use a paint brush and apply a thin coat of stain or colored paint of your choice to the panel. Let it dry for several hours before you reapply a second coat of paint to the paneling. Make sure that you apply paint not only to the affected part but also to the other parts of the beadboard paneling for added protection.