Installing C & C Solid Wood Paneling

Installation

The installation of C&C paneling is a home improvement project that can be accomplished by just about anyone. Just be sure to follow the few pointers below and you'll enjoy the warmth and beauty that solid wood paneling adds to your home for years to come.




Tools & Supplies

Before installing C&C paneling, you need to be sure that you have enough paneling on hand to cover the desired area.

  1. Start by determining the area, in square feet, that you plan to panel.

  2. Next, divide that area to be covered by the number of square feet covered by each package.

    Note: C&C paneling packages cover different areas depending on the individual panel widths.

    • 3" paneling packages that cover approximately 12 square feet
    • 4" paneling packages that cover approximately 14 square feet
    • 6" paneling packages that cover approximately 20 square feet

  3. Finally, round the result up to the nearest whole number to determine the number of paneling packages needed!

Note: Package requirements are slightly different for diagonal/herringbone installations and for wainscoting projects.


After determining how much paneling you will need, gather the following tools and supplies so your job will go smoothly and easily.

  • Sharp cross-cut saw or power saw with combination or cross-cut blade
  • Mitre box for cutting angles
  • Hammer
  • Ring shanked paneling nails
  • Nail set to countersink nails
  • Paneling adhesive
  • Tape measure
  • Carpenter's level
  • Carpenter's combination square
  • Stain
  • Rags
  • Wood putty
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Preparation

Before you begin, please note the following:


  • Before installation, open up all the packages of C&C Wood Paneling and allow the boards to acclimate in the room where they'll be installed for at least 48 hours.
  • For your safety, wear protective goggles when nailing and hammering.
  • After installation, allow time for slight dimensional change before finishing.

First, decide in which direction you want to install your plank paneling. There are three options – vertical, horizontal and diagonal. Or you may want to tackle a herringbone pattern which is simply a variation of diagonal installation.

C&C recommends prefinishing your wood paneling before installation. Both sides of the boards should be sealed. (see the finishing section for more details.)

To make sure your paneling installation looks professional, you will want to conceal, as much as possible, the nails that you use. We recommend blind nailing (see diagram ) with ring shanked paneling nails. After you have countersunk the nails, go back and cover them with wood putty to ensure that they blend into the wood grain of your paneling.

You can also use paneling adhesive to apply C&C wood paneling to drywall by following the adhesive manufacturer's instructions. But be sure to use a few ring shanked paneling nails here and there to maintain a tight bond.

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Prefinishing

For prefinishing, precut and assemble the paneling into the desired pattern (see vertical, horizontal and diagonal installation instructions) to make sure that it fits the space that you want to cover. Then stain each piece according to the stain manufacturer's instructions.

For a more natural look, you can also leave C&C paneling unfinished or you can finish it using a clear penetrating sealer, penetrating oil or semi-transparent stain. A sealer or a clear, non-yellowing polyurethane is recommended for high traffic areas or areas where moisture content is high.

If you have any questions about finishing products, ask your retailer for advice.

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Installation

This section contains instructions for installing your solid wood paneling in either a vertical , horizontal or diagonal/herringbone pattern.

These are just a few of the many ways that paneling can be installed in your home and we encourage you to experiment with different installations. (ceiling installation for example) If you have a unique installation idea, or if you just want to showcase your paneling application, send a e-mail to projects@ccwoodproducts.com.


Vertical Installation

Apply 1” * 3” furring strips horizontally to the space you're going to panel. Space the strips a maximum of 16” on center (not more than 16” from the center of one strip to the center of the next strip) up the height you want your paneling to reach. Furring should go around the entire perimeter of the area you wish to panel.


Start application at the room corner. First panel is placed with the groove toward corner and the tongue out. Leave at least 1/8” of space between ceiling and floor.


Slide the groove of the second piece of paneling over the tongue of the first piece. Position the second panel so that the top and bottom are flush with the first piece. Nail into place. Continue to the end of the wall.


Horizontal Installation

If the room you're paneling has not been finished with a gypsum wallboard, you can apply paneling directly to the vertical wall studs.


If the room has been finished with a gypsum wallboard, apply 1” * 3” furring strips vertically along the area you are going to panel. Space the strips a maximum of 16” on center (not more than 16” from the center of one strip to the center of the next strip) up the height you want your paneling to reach. Furring should go around the entire perimeter of the area you wish to panel.


Lay a piece of wood paneling on its grooved side – tongue side up – with its side edge against a floor/corner junction. Leave a space ¼” from the bottom edge of the board to the floor and 1/8” of space from the corners. Use a carpenter's level to plumb the first panel horizontal before blind nailing the top edge to the furring strips through the tongue.


Slide the groove of the second piece of paneling onto the tongue of the first piece. Position the second panel so that the ends are flush with the first piece. Nail into place. Continue until you reach the ceiling.


Diagonal/Herringbone Installation

For straight diagonal patterns, apply paneling to vertical 1” * 3” furring strips spaced 16” on center (not more than 16” from the center of one strip to the center of the next strip). Furring should go around the entire perimeter of the area you are going to panel.


Use a mitre box to cut a triangular piece of paneling with 45° angles on either end that fits into the floor/corner junction. The tongue side of the panel should form the long edge. (You can use the angles you've cut as a guide to mark the angles for the next piece. A carpenter's square also will help you mark the angles.)


Begin at the floor/corner junction. Position the pre-cut panel with the tongue side up. Leave a 1/8” space at the floor and ceiling. Use a carpenter's level to plumb the edge of the first panel before blind nailing it to the furring strips through the tongue.


By measuring the tongue of the previous panel, you can determine what the groove side of the next panel should measure. After cutting the 45° angles of the next panel, fit the groove over the tongue of the previous panel. Then blind nail it to the furring strips through the tongue. Continue until you cover the desired area.


For a herringbone design, apply vertical furring strips as you would for diagonal application. Begin your installation in the center of the wall at the floor. Cut two triangular pieces of paneling that are mirror images of each other, both with the tongue side forming the long edge. Blind nail them into place through their tongues. Continue to cut and install the remaining boards using the previous pieces as examples. Leave a space ¼” at all corners and ¼” of space at the floor and ceiling.

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Paneling Care

To keep your solid wood paneling looking like new, it is important that you occasionally clean it to remove any buildup of dust, smoke or other contaminants. If you have finished your paneling, we recommend using a non-abrasive furniture polish that does not contain any waxes or silicones applied with a dampened soft cloth. Unfinished paneling should be wiped clean using only water, and should be dried immediately after washing using a dry towel or cloth.

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