How to Touch Up the Paint in Your Home in 5 Easy Steps

 

Spring cleaning shouldn’t be limited to dusting and cleaning out clutter. If you really want to make your home feel cleaner and brighter after the winter, consider touching up the paint in your home.

With a kids or pets, it’s easy for walls to get dings, scratches and marks. Use this blog to learn the right techniques and different strategies for touching up your interior paint while matching the color of your wall.

Step One: Wipe Away the Old

Clean the area you are intending to paint over. Use a sponge, a mild cleaner, and some water to wipe away any dirt or dust that has built up on your wall’s surface. This is an important step as it will help the paint adhere to the wall. Make sure to dry the spot before proceeding.

Step Two: Fix the Cracks

If you have a deep crack or a large dent, you can fill this in with a spackling compound. Make sure to not use any more spackling than is necessary to fill the hole/crack. If you use more compound than you need, make sure to scrape away any excess with a putty knife and to wipe away any extra that is left with a damp cloth. You can sand the patch down if it is still raised from the rest of the surface.

Step Three: Prime the Job

To get a more blended area, you need to use a primer. This will also increase paint adhesion. Try to keep the primer contained to the spot you are touching up. Let the primer dry completely before moving on to the next step.

Step Four: Paint

It’s important to use the same paint to touch-up your wall as you used originally to paint it. If you have not stored leftover paint, attempt to use the same color, brand, and finish. There are also some paints that can be tinted to match your wall color. If you can, use the same type of brush or roller to apply the paint to the touch-up area as you did when first painting the walls to create the same texture.

Step Five: Let it Dry

After the paint dries completely, check to see if the spot is still visible or if it has blended in naturally. Remember, you may be more critical of your work than any guest would be.

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