Do you change an entire wall panel in case of a scratch, or do you repaint it? What's the best way to fix a damaged wood veneer wall panel?
We’ve got you covered! Read on to unravel some of the most economical and easy-to-implement ways of fixing wall panels.
Types of Finish for Wall Panels
The finish basically refers to the outer covering on a wall that gives it a polished look. This protective covering improves the aesthetic appeal of the panel and, of course, adds to its durability.
There are several types of finishes. These include:
- Marble Powder
- Glass Mosaic
- Gypsum Plaster
- Cement Plaster
- Cement Textured
- Plaster of Paris
- Designer Mirror
Each type of finish has a different degree of sensitivity. For example, it's easier to damage laminate finish as compared to cement textured finish. This is why it's essential to know the type of finish of your wall panel. It'll help you find the right solutions for any inflicted damages.
Tips to Fix Damaged Wall Panel Finish
Here are the most effective fixes for common wall panel damages:
Fixing a Bowed Panel
A bowed panel is a bent panel. This type of damage may occur due to wet weather or changing humidity levels. As a consequence of the bend, the panel may develop dents and scratches–this, in turn, damages the finish.
To fix this, first use a claw hammer or pry bar to remove the nails and take out the panel. Next, spray distilled water on the back of the removed panel and place it in a warm area. Distilled water is free of contaminants and can reverse the bend. Note that the wet surface should face down.
Place something heavy (like bricks) on top of the dry side of the wall panel and let it rest for twenty-four to forty-eight hours. If the bend persists after forty-eight hours, repeat the process. Once fixed, nail the wall panel back in its place.
Fixing a Scratched Panel
Grab sandpaper and sand the scratched area of the panel. You want to be really precise when doing so because if you sand the smooth surface, it'll result in newer scratches.
Once you've sanded the scratched area, place a damp cloth over it. Next, press a steam iron against this damp cloth for approximately thirty seconds.
This process should raise the wood fibers that you exposed by sanding and pull them up to the same level as the rest of the panel. If thirty seconds are not sufficient, press the steam iron for another thirty seconds.
Let the fibers dry, and then apply a small amount of matching paint on the scratched spot. You can use a small-size paintbrush for this.
In case the scratch is way too deep, you can use sand putty to fill it up. Let the putty dry, and paint it the same as the rest of the panel.
Restoring the Shine of a Wall Panel
First, clean the wall panel with a wet cloth. You want to get rid of loose particles and dust. Next, mix four tablespoons of white vinegar or apple cider with two tablespoons of olive oil and some warm water.
Spray this mixture over the wall panel with a spray bottle. Let it sit for five minutes, and then dry the panel with a soft cloth. This will restore its shine.
Alternatively, you can create a mixture of oil and soap in a mop bucket. Dip the mop in the bucket and sweep it over the dull wall panels.
Next, dry out the panels using a soft dry cloth and pour lemon oil on a sponge and apply it in circular motions over the mopped surface. This will bring back the shine and make the panels pristine.
Now, you have some easy solutions in mind to fix old and damaged wall panels. However, if your wall panels have a lot of scratches and they look worn out, it's a good idea to change the panels altogether or to give them a fresh coat of paint!
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