Living Room Renovation

A Look at Wallboard Panels


Traditionally, wallboard and wood paneling have been seen as decorative features in older-style homes. However, plywood and lining board in MDF or pine, are fast becoming favourites.

When it comes to wall paneling, it pays to personally select each panel – especially if you aren’t painting over them. Look closely at each knot in the wood and think about the location of the join lines and direction of the timber grain.

Fitting Panels In and Around Your Home

Wood paneling is generally available in a v-groove or regency profile which can be applied vertically or horizontally. V-grooved joints can also be routed out of MDF sheets, which means they can be put up on walls, ceilings, or even joinery doors.

What you’ll need:

• Clamps or nails
• Wallboard/panels and frames
Selleys Liquid Nails Heavy Duty or a construction adhesive and a caulking gun

What to do:

1. Remove all traces of oil, grease and dust from your frames and panels
2. Slide the canister into your caulking gun
3. Fit nozzle to your Selleys Liquid Nails Heavy Duty cartridge and cut the tip to around 5mm

Either the wet or contact bond method can be used for wallboard panels.

Wet bond method

Direct a bead of adhesive along the length of the frame. On broad surfaces apply beads in zig-zags every 40 cm. Fix the panels with clamps to hold contact over the total bond area.

Contact bond method

Apply beads of Selleys Liquid Nails Heavy Duty to one surface only, press the panel to the frame and then pull apart. Allow both surfaces to dry for between two and four minutes (any more than 10 will impede bonding) and then firmly re-join them.

Allow Selleys Liquid Nails Heavy Duty to set for at least 24 hours before removing the clamping.