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Repairing Solid-Wood Paneling


Solid-wood paneling is a beautiful addition to any room, and it makes sense to repair it if it ever gets damaged. For surface scratches and scars, rub a small amount of stain that matches the color of the wall into the damaged fibers. Then once the stain is dry, cover the repair with a few coats of paste wax. For deeper damage, use wood filler. Buy one that has a color close to the wall color, and use it according to the directions on the product container. Once the filler is dry, sand it with 120-grit sand paper, and if the color isnít quite right, apply some stair. Cover it with a matching finish.

 

Step 1. Serious damage, like the deeply scarred board shown here, requires removing the board and installing a new one. First, find a board that matches the damaged one. Then cut the damaged one into two parts using a circular saw.

 

Step 2. To remove the board, use a flat pry bar. Drive it into the saw kerf and gently lift up one piece of the cut board. Use a scrap block behind the pry bar for extra leverage. When one half of the board is out, pry out the other half.

 

Step 3. Test fit the replacement board to make sure it fits into the opening. Then cut off the backside of the groove joint, and press the tongue of the board into the groove of the adjacent board. Push the board into the opening until itís flat. Then nail it in place.

 

 

 

 

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