I think I've got the same paneling in the basement of a house I plan to own
for a good while. I'm going with the sand and paint option. I've seen it
done before, and if you sand adequately and use a decent primer, the result
Since you're selling soon, I'd just prime and paint.
I'm not sure washing is easier than sanding, if you have a sanding pad
that attaches to a pole [like drywallers and some painters have]. A
paint shop will have pads and poles.
And 320 seems awfully light to me. I'd go with nothing less than 200,
probably 150. Or you go with the sanding screens.
There are TSP substitutes but always wear gloves. Be sure it wasnt
waxed or oiled or clean it real good. There are alot of nice Paper
liners that can be used and painted over. What you do depens on the
house and quality of job you want. Painted paneling is just that,
I tried the no-sand routine in a small room with the same paneling. The
paneling is so slick that a slight bump with anything will knock loose a
chunk of paint. Next time, I'll spend a few minutes sanding. The random
orbit sander (or maybe a pole sander) will make fairly quick work of it...
If you're selling it, leave the big work (drywall/remodeling) for the
next guy. Some of the new primers, such as Benjamin Moore's Fresh
Start, would be a good choice. You can paint over gloss paint,
formica, etc. without sanding. Of course sanding will give you more
bite and all, but if you're selling save yourself the sanding and dust
Could you just leave it as it is? If not new drywall will certainly
present a better appearance than old painted paneling. If you do
decide to paint, consider filling the grooves in the paneling with
some type of caulk or filler. It may look better than just painting
Aw man. If you weren't selling it, I'd say leave it alone. In 5 years it
will be all the rage; and if you can find some avacado appliances and shag
carpet - you'd probably get triple your asking price.
You all think I'm being a smartass - I can hear you whispering!.....
But just wait, watch, and see.
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