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8 Best Ways to Touch Up Wall Paint for the New Year

Tips on How to Touch Up Wall Paint Before the Holidays | Motor City Paint

How to Touch Up Wall Paint

Any expert on how to touch up wall paint knows that it’s not as simple as slapping a new coat of paint on top of an old one. Touching up your walls still requires prep work and care, just like when you’re painting a whole room or house. The good news is, it takes a lot less time to finish a touch-up. Here are some tips that will help you refresh your home for the new year!

Don’t Touch Up Last Minute

When you are preparing for a fresh start for the new year and have a checklist of a million things to do, do not procrastinate on the quick, simple task to touch up the paint on your wall. It’s a small way to make your life feel more in order. Avoid the stress and give yourself some time to match the paint color and evaluate the touch up after it dries. That way, if your touch up doesn’t blend in, you’ll have extra time to fix it.

Prime Over Repairs

Priming isn’t always 100% necessary, but if you’ve patched a hole in your wall or made some other type of repair, then we recommend priming the area. This will help your paint to better adhere to the repaired surface.

Clean Your Surface

As we’ve mentioned, an important part on how to touch up wall paint is to prepare your surfaces as if you were painting a new wall. Any dust or debris can prevent your paint from properly sticking to the wall, and you’ll be finding yourself having to touch up the same area in the near future.

Thin Out Your Own Paint

Ideally, you should have some leftover paint from the last time your walls were painted. If so, get it out of storage and examine the paint. Depending on how long it was in storage, the paint may have thickened. Check to see what brand of paint reducer the paint manufacturer recommends, and thin it out by 10-15%.

Match the Color and Finish

If you didn’t have any paint left over from when your interiors were first painted, or if the old paint isn’t quite usable, then you will have to purchase new paint. It’s best to look for the same paint that was originally used. Look for the same color and finish under the original manufacturer of your paint. If the paint no longer exists, you can try to work with the manufacturer to see what the closest match would be.

While trying to match the color may seem very obvious, it can be easy to forget about finding the right sheen of paint. It’s very important, and using the wrong sheen for touching up wall paint will result in a bigger blemish than what you were trying to cover up.

Use the Right Tools

Matching the painted texture of your touch up is just as important as matching the color and finish of your paint. You should try to use the same tools that were used when your wall was originally painted. If you’re unsure, we recommend using a roller for large areas and an angled brush for smaller areas. When using a brush, feather the edges of your touch up by extending your brush strokes from the touch up into the surrounding paint. This will help blend the edges and ensure a smoother transition for an invisible touch-up.

Let Paint Dry Fully

When you’re touching up wall paint, do not panic when the wet paint doesn’t seem to be matching the rest of the surface. Wait until the paint has dried before you start evaluating it.

The Last Resort

Part of understanding how to touch up wall paint is to know when it’s just not working. If the color of your touch up doesn’t seem to match, even after you’ve tried diluting the paint a few times, or primed and re-painted, then you might want to consider repainting the whole wall. This doesn’t mean you have to paint the entire room or every wall that has that paint. The corners and edges of the wall will be a natural breaking point, and the transition between the old walls on the adjacent walls and the newly painted wall will be unnoticeable.

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