Installing wood panelling is a great way to hide less-than-perfect walls. Unfortunately, when installing panelling over walls that are not square, noticeable gaps between panels occur. Wood panelling is easy to install. It comes in a variety of finishes, colours and price points, making it a popular alternative to paint and wallpaper.
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Things you need
- Low-tack masking tape
- Flexible plastic putty knife
- Plastic spoon
- Plastic bag
- Rubber gloves
- Artists' paintbrush
Apply a 4- to 6-inch protective barrier of low-tack masking tape to both sides of the exposed seam to protect the wood finish.
Dip a flexible plastic putty knife into joint compound to get a small amount and press it into the gap between the panels. Build the layer of joint compound up to the same height as the edge of the panelling.
Run the back of a plastic spoon down the line of joint compound to smooth it out and press it in deeply, or place your hand into a plastic bag or rubber gloves and run your finger down the line of the joint compound. This technique eliminates the need for sanding.
Allow the joint compound to fully dry, usually one or two hours.
Paint the seam in a matching wood colour paint with a thin artist paintbrush. Do not use wood stain because it will not properly adhere to or colour the joint compound.
Allow the paint to dry thoroughly.
Remove the low-tack painters' masking tape from both sides of the seam.
Tips and warnings
- Use a damp rag to remove joint compound from wood panelling before it dries.
- Clean up paint splatters immediately.
- Do not leave low-tack masking tape on the panelling for longer than 12-hours to avoid adhesive residue.
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