Things You'll Need
Drywall tape (fiberglass)
Adhesive (liquid nails)
Paneling for older mobile homes can be difficult to find. If suitable replacement paneling cannot be located, consider removing paneling and installing drywall. Drywall for mobile homes is available from mobile home dealers.
Unsightly and annoying holes in the walls of your mobile home can be repaired in several ways. The types of paneling and drywall used in the manufacture of mobile homes are generally thinner and more fragile than the products used in the construction of a standard home. This makes the walls more vulnerable to damage from children, pets and furniture being moved. Follow the steps listed here to make your walls look great again.
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Repair holes to the walls that have been damaged near the bottom of the wall by covering with them with fiberglass drywall tape and coating with drywall compound. Then install a wider-than-original baseboard.
Fill holes in the walls caused by hanging pictures with a putty stick, available at home supply stores. The sticks come in a variety of colors and will match most paneling. Open the stick, which resembles a large crayon, and apply to fill the hole; this may require several applications to completely fill, depending upon the size of the hole.
Remove sheets of damaged paneling by removing any strips (battens) that cover the seams where paneling is joined. Use a pry bar to pry the damaged paneling loose from the wall. Remove any remaining nails from the wall studs.
Install new paneling by applying adhesive to the studs, then attach the paneling. Use paneling nails at the seams and into the wall studs. Re-install the batten strips with finish nails.
Repair smaller holes in mobile home drywall paneling by applying fiberglass tape. Apply two to three coats of drywall compound. Sand between coats and then prime and paint.
Cut out a section of drywall paneling around larger holes and patch with a new piece of drywall. Apply fiberglass tape around the edges of the patch and apply drywall compound. Sand between coats of compound. Prime the patch and paint.
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