How to Repair Cracks in Cedar Paneling

What You'll Need
Putty Knife
Exterior Wood Putty

Cedar paneling is normally used in wardrobes or closets, as it has qualities that repel insects and has a fresh scent. It does not shrink easily and is resistant to fungus and warp. Over time, cracks may appear in the paneling. Repairs should be made as soon as possible, before the cracks get bigger and the panels have to be replaced. Cracks can be repaired by homeowners using the simple step-by-step guide below.

Step 1 – Apply Putty

Apply thin layer of exterior wood putty on the cracks. Spread it along the length and insides of the cracks with a putty knife. Work it into the cracks. The wood putty seals the crack. It also prevents the widening of the crack, which may result in a split that is more serious in the cedar paneling. It also adds strength to the area and stabilizes the damage.

Step 2 – Allow Putty to Dry

After applying and spreading the exterior wood putty, allow it to air-dry overnight.

Step 3 – Sanding

After the putty dries, sand the crack’s repair with sandpaper. This smooths the putty and levels it off with the wood so it's less noticeable