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Painting Over a Bad Paneling Job

Posted by Kathy on November 9th, 2000 08:05 AM

I want to paint my home office. The prior owners paneled the two outer walls of this room-no insulation, just paneling right over the concrete block (lower level of a bi-level). My husband really does not want rip off the paneling and put up drywall. The paneling does not meet the ceiling well in spots, so quarter round or other trim will fix that. My problem is a few vertical seams between paneling sheets. I'm wondering if wood filler or drywall will be sufficient and take hold (since there's no drywall behind it). Worst gap is slight, about 1/8" between seams, however there is one very bad gap in a corner, where the paneling meets interior drywall. The corner gap is 1/4" at the ceiling, then meets correctly about 2' down from the ceiling. I'm trying to avoid future cracking after I paint from a filler expanding/contracting. Any thoughts? Thank you! -Kathy

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