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Smooth Wall Paneling

Filling in the gaps is critical before you paint

guys on stairs

Is there a more pliable product than spackle to fill in the grooves of
wall paneling before painting?

Karen, Kansas City, MO


Steve Thomas replies: The problem with trying to fill in all those grooves of paneling is that
you can't be absolutely sure that the filler will stick. One product
that is consistently pretty good is drywall mud, available in one- and
five-gallon containers at your home center. I apply it with a broad
knife as you would over drywall, then sand it. Add another
application or two, with sandings in between, and that should get the
wall smooth. Then you can go ahead and prime it, typically with a latex
primer, and then paint it with a latex top coat.


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