Earlier this year, we discussed touching up the paint on your home’s exterior. With interior painting being most active in the Winter season, we will now discuss techniques for touching up interior paint.
Even if your paint job starts out as immaculate, accidents happen. Scratches, scrapes, kids, and pets can damage a once pristine surface. Unfortunately, touch-ups can be one of the most difficult aspects of painting as it can be difficult to create a match between new and old paint. Read on for tips on how to make the process easier on you.
Prior to touching up your paint job, try targeting the problem area by cleaning. For example, scuffs are often easily removed with some light scrubbing. Remember that higher sheen paints holds up to washing better than flat paints.
Obtaining the Touch-Up Paint
Whether you had a professional complete your interior painting, or you did it yourself, be sure that you hold on to leftover paint, or have your painting contractor leave you with leftover paint in a clearly labeled container. This makes for easy touch-ups, should you need to make any fixes in the future. This also helps make sure your touch-up paint is most similar to the color on your wall.
At the very least, we recommend keeping note of the color, sheen, and manufacturer of paint used. If you don’t have the original paint colors, you will have to get a paint color match from a paint store. While this is a useful tool, it is far less accurate than having the original paint.
Even if you do have the original paint, there is still likely to be a bit of a difference between the appearance of the old paint coat and the new paint you apply. For information on why this can happen, tips for proper storage of paint, as well as more touch-up tips, take a look at this informative article from Sherwin Williams.
Testing the Touch-Up Paint
Before beginning the touch-up process, we recommend testing out the paint in an inconspicuous area, such as inside of a closet, behind a piece of furniture, etc. This will help you test the appearance of the paint prior to applying the paint in a highly visible area. Be sure to allow the paint to dry before making any judgment, as colors may look the same wet, but in fact dry differently.
Completing the Touch-Ups
To complete the actual touch-up process, we suggest dabbing the affected areas with a small artist brush, rather than a large brush. This will allow for the best possible blending of small differences between new and old paint. A smaller brush also allows you to touch-up areas with the greater precision. Remember to always touch-up your paint using the same application method it was originally painted with. For example, in the case of a wall that was sprayed, paint applied with a brush on top of the original coat is likely to stand out.
Often, the touch-up paint does not match the original wall color, and painting “seam-to-seam” will the best option. In other words, re-painting the entire wall of the affected area will produce the most aesthetically pleasing result. While this may be less than ideal, as it is a longer process, differences between the old paint and new paint will hardly be noticeable on a separate wall. The appearance from wall to wall already varies due to angles, shadows, and lighting.
If you need to re-paint an entire room or wall, this article from Sawshub offers a great start-to-finish guide on painting a room yourself with proper technique. For faster and more precise service, contact a professional painting contractor in your area!