How to hide imperfections on wood paneling?

Our home has wooden boards as our walls. In places you see the joins and no matter what we try to patch them you can still see the imperfections. In places you see ceiling joins as well. What is the best way to hide joins please?

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  • Tere Tere on Feb 27, 2019

    Hi Pat. Are you painting the wooden board walls? If so then you can hide the joints by filling them in with spackle/drywall mud. Let it dry completely then lightly sand to a smooth finish. You may need to apply several coats to fill in deep gaps. We lived in an old home that had paneling in the kitchen. Rather than take it all down we did this and it worked beautifully. Good luck :)

    • Pat Jennet Wagner Pat Jennet Wagner on Feb 28, 2019

      I live in South Africa - most of your amazing products are not available here. I have seen several DIY TV shows of paneled homes and the products are simply outstanding. I have tried our filling products here and they all show even once sanded and painted. I'm wondering if a rough paint might be the answer.

  • Dwp7470b Dwp7470b on Feb 27, 2019

    I agree with Tere in Precept: Why go through more Work than necessary?

    Buy $15 of Spackle, $10 of DAP putty and about $7 of 3M sandpaper to prep the entire for the Paint job and be done with it for 12 to 20 years.

    Maybe create some faux 2.5 inch Trim with an Acrylic Paint applied to Sheet Masonite cut to 2.5×72 and Glue that to the Panelling at a reasonable height of 48" to 54" from the floor.

    You'd be amazed what Faux Trim can do for a Wall.

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    • Dwp7470b Dwp7470b on Feb 28, 2019

      Yes, I can see how South African Locale will create difficulty getting any North American Goods. Seemingly U.S. military Commissary in those locales should carry DAP, Spackle and Paint. Not sure, but maybe a Missionary in that region can assist with Delivery of Sheet Masonite, maybe tagging the freight along with many Other Maintenance Supplies that do post by one means or the next. Bamboo with Acrylic Paint can cut to the 2.5 inch Trim size as a Substitute for Sheet Masonite.

  • Ebbjdl Ebbjdl on Feb 28, 2019

    Pat. Try OLD ENGLISH, stain,. it comes in a bottle. They offer light and dark. Put it on with a rag. Rub it in and let it sit 4 hrs, then wipe with paper towels, until the towels come clean. Aloha!

  • Pat Jennet Wagner Pat Jennet Wagner on Feb 28, 2019

    The walls are painted a light grey, almost white - would a stain not cause blotches to the paint and highlight the joins rather than hide them then?

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Dec 31, 2020

    Can you provide some pictues ?

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Sep 02, 2021


    Either Sand down to remove imperfections or Spackle then sand or Stain bloc then paint with a Matt Paint as that is non reflective.