Asked on Nov 6, 2017

Do I have to sand shiplap before I paint it ?

Jessica ManfrediJoy30150932Malhotte


It’s not real shiplap just boards that we made to look like shiplap.
8 answers
  • Johnavallance82
    on Nov 6, 2017

    Not if you don't want too. depends if you want the Rustic look.................
  • Rhoda
    on Nov 6, 2017

    I agree that it depends on the look you want.
  • Linda Sikut
    Linda Sikut
    on Nov 6, 2017

    Exactly. what Johnvallance82 said. I was just going to say it the other way. Meaning yes, sand it unless you want the rustic look. LOL [waving] Hi John, we think alike.
  • It depends on the look you want, but I would sand it a bit to remove any rough spots/edges.
  • Sharon
    on Nov 7, 2017

    I would sand it cause if its rough it catches dust and is hard to clean.
  • Malhotte
    on Nov 7, 2017

    You will need a stain blocking spot primer for those knots or they will bleed through. I usually prime, and then sand, because the primer firms up and raises the grain, making it easier to sand than when the wood is raw and soft.
  • Joy30150932
    on Nov 7, 2017

    I agree with Malhotte. The knots will bleed through after a while. Be sure to use the primer. A good vacuum will help to keep it clean.
  • Jessica Manfredi
    Jessica Manfredi
    on Nov 9, 2017

    Most surfaces have to be at least lightly sanded for better adhesion of the paint or stain. Not sure why this would be any different. Light sanding then wiped down with a clean cloth to get wood dust off. Use a cloth that won't catch on the wood and leave "fuzzies". Even dampening it the tiniest bit helps...
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