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Finishing and Maintenance Article

New England Classic - Unfinished Oak, Maple, and Cherry

Fill all nail holes and splices with matching stainable wood filler. Carefully and completely wipe off any excess putty so it won't impact the stain coverage around the hole. Sand wood filler patches smooth to the veneer surface with 180-grit paper, taking care not to sand through the veneer. Apply stain, sealer and clear finish coat, lightly sanding between coats with 220-grit paper after the prior coat has dried.

Factory-Finished Oak, Maple, and Cherry

Use the touch-up materials that are included with your order to conceal fastener holes.

Routine maintenance of stained paneling includes our recommendation for occasionally applying a light coat of lemon oil or furniture oil to replenish the natural sheen, especially in drier environments. Use of wax polish may cause buildup and dull the finish.

Paintable Surfaces

Prior to installation, prime any panels that aren't factory-primed, let dry, It is not necessary to prime stiles, rails, shoe, cap, or casing (or factory-primed panels).

After installation, fill all nail holes with a paintable vinyl-based spackle, then apply one coat of paint to the panels (the use of a high-quality brush or roller is recommended.) DO NOT SAND STILES, RAILS, SHOE, CAP, OR CASING. After filling all nail holes with a paintable spackling, finish coat all parts together.

Routine maintenance of painted paneling may include the use of a gentle household cleaner, if required. Additionally, read and follow any cleaning instructions that may have come with your paint.