Touching Up Painted Walls
A freshly-painted wall is a pleasure to behold. Yet, with time, normal wear and tear can lead to holes, stains, scrapes and other flaws. When you’re ready to perform maintenance, the first step is to try a light washing, using water and some liquid soap.
If cleaning doesn’t work, then it may be time for a paint touch-up. Touching-up is difficult to accomplish correctly, since there are many variables – High-traffic areas such as doors and windows, knobs and handles, and light switches require great skill to blend the new touch-up coat of paint in with the existing paint film on surrounding areas.
Also, the age of the existing paint film is an important factor, since all paint surfaces oxidize and fade at least slightly over time. For best appearance, we recommend touching up the most high-traffic areas twice a year.
Tips for applying touch-up paint
It’s critically important to blend the new coat of touch-up paint into the surrounding areas so it won’t be too noticeable. These tips can help:
٭Use touch-up paint saved from the same batch of paint that was originally applied
٭Apply the touch-up in the same way (brush, roller or sprayer) used during the original application; however, if the original paint coat was applied using a sprayer, this may be difficult unless you can exactly match the original paint’s exact product base and color formula
٭It’s usually best to use a roller to perform most touch-ups; the ideal roller is a “weenie”-type roller with a top-quality synthetic cover using a nap that’s ¼- to ½-inch thick
٭Before painting, clean the surface to remove any dust, dirt or grease and any loose paint
٭Load the roller with the least possible amount of paint
٭When touching-up a smooth wall using a brush, avoid feathering the touch-up paint out into the originally-painted areas, since this may leave a noticeable “halo” outline surrounding the touched-up area
٭Touching-up a smooth wall using non-flat, water-based paint will require paint thinned with about 5 to 10% water in order to minimize the difference in sheen from the original paint
٭If a touch-up becomes noticeable, or if multiple areas on the wall need to be touched-up, it may be better to simply repaint the whole wall