Do I HAVE to sand before painting paneling?

I want to paint a basement room that has these sheets of non grooved paneling on the walls. Can I just start with a good primer, or do I have to get the dreaded sander out?
  4 answers
  • William William on Apr 08, 2017
    Just sand lightly to remove any shine/gloss. The prime with a stain blocking primer and the paint with your color.

  • Shoshana Shoshana on Apr 09, 2017
    One of the most important steps to painting is the prep, so although it can be dreadful at times, just think about how a good paint job prepped well will last much longer than a paint job prepped badly. You got this!

  • Janice S Janice S on Apr 10, 2017
    I've done this before. If it's not a gloss you should just be able to prime it with Killz and paint. If "Glossy" check the Killz aplication and or the paint attendant.
    We gave it a kind of 3D look(?). We used a hot glue gun and glued furniture cording (the cord used in the edge of a chair seat) down the lines and painted over it. You may be able to find something on line showing it. Good luck.

    • Audrey Audrey on Apr 10, 2017
      I painted our entire Family Rm. that was covered in paneling..Never got my sander out. Prime paneling first !! Here's a tip, have your primer close to color of your paint..Paint dept. can add color to primer. Also, another good tip, when using dark or bold color paint, like reds, always prime in dark colors..We painted our bathroom red, I used purple in my primer, job came out great..

  • Joan Joan on Apr 14, 2017
    Painted my rec room paneling white. No sanding. Just washed it down with Dawn and hot water. Definitely primer first. Go for it!