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Old 07-22-2012, 11:09 PM   #1
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Filling holes in wood paneling before painting


I am preparing to paint over paneling with lots of knots and holes in the wood. Should I use caulk, spackle or wood putty? I'm new to all of this, and have no idea. Perfection will be impossible, I imagine, because of the knots in wood. Also, the paneling is ribbed with 4 grooves per panel. This is only a problem when it reaches the ceiling molding and has a gap. I do not intend to fill grooves on the wall.
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We just had a discussion about paneling- here it is.

Use a taping compound if there are lots of them. probably need to hit them twice.
But prep and priming of the paneling is what is really important- read about it in the other thread.

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I usually just use spackle. It's the easiest to work with. Wood filler becomes too hard and is not always easy to sand. Spackle takes primer and paint very well.
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This is a good question. I went the wood filler route since that was what seemed like the most logical option. Wouldn't drywall compound/spackle and the sort be a poor choice due to the differences in wood expanding and shrinking? Drywall's properties are very different and it wouldn't seem to jibe very well. Just a question from my side, not a condemnation.
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I've ran into numerous homes in phoenix, and so cal areas that actually had sheetrock behind the wood paneling you speak of. Not saying this is the case with your home, but it very well could be a possibility.
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This is a good question. I went the wood filler route since that was what seemed like the most logical option. Wouldn't drywall compound/spackle and the sort be a poor choice due to the differences in wood expanding and shrinking? Drywall's properties are very different and it wouldn't seem to jibe very well. Just a question from my side, not a condemnation.
Plump, I don't have any science to back me up but paneling is an engineered wood product at least the paneling I have seen. It's usually NOT WOOD but some version of masonite that is actually more like compressed cardboard therefore you don't get the expansion/contraction like you do with real wood. I've used spackling for over 30 years without any problems.

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