How do I fill in big holes in old paneling?


The question I've already asked was good,but I don't think I asked it right...How do I fill in big holes in old paneling.Tks Regi

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  • Amanda Amanda on Aug 09, 2018

    Hello. I would purchase a putty knife and wood putty. Use the knife to push the putty into the holes and try to get as flush with the paneling as possible. Let it dry and repeat if necessary. Then sand to blend in with the paneling. Good Luck!

  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Aug 09, 2018

    Hi Rda,

    Just a couple of tips. If your paneling is wood and you want to match it, be sure to purchase stainable wood putty. Some wood putty doesn't work with stains. If you're going to paint the whole project be sure to lightly sand the whole thing and use a coat of primer before you paint.


  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Aug 10, 2018

    What I have done is take a piece of cardboard with a string in the middle big enough to cover the whole then hold it in place with string and put compound over hole so all is covered let dry give another coat keep doing til level then when dry cut string close as possibl

    • Rda4998220 Rda4998220 on Aug 10, 2018

      Kathy,this sounds like a great idea.Would've never thought of that cause some of some are just horrible.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Aug 10, 2018

    Is it possible to purchase replacement paneling that matches and cut out the damaged plank on the seam?

    My paneling is painted, with a remodel a window was removed and it was paneled over, since the paneling was painted —this repair not noticeable.

  • John Biermacher John Biermacher on Aug 11, 2018

    Since you are painting it I would use auto body filler (Bondo) instead of wood putty. It has better adhesion than wood fill. It sets up quite quickly and just before it fully sets up you can scrape it to reduce sanding. YouTube is full of videos.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jan 04, 2021


    Can you upload some photo's so we can see the size of the problem, so we can better advise?

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on May 19, 2021

    Hello. If photograph might be helpful.

    Is your paneling wood town or heated.

    The correction we might suggest could depend on your paneling color.

    In my own situation we removed a bedroom window inset in our paneling with construction and they just paneled over the window to match and the painted wall. You can’t even tell the window was ever there. In this way a painted paneling wall situation is a very easy repair.

  • Beka 6 Beka 6 on May 20, 2021

    Take it down an put dry wall

  • Beka 6 Beka 6 on May 20, 2021

    Or new wood panels