How to Touch Up Paint on Walls Carefully

You take pride in the look of your home and pick wall colours that match your taste and decor. Unfortunately, those painted walls don’t stay perfect forever. Chips and scuffs are a fact of life, and everything from family members to pets to furniture comes into accidental contact with your walls.

As long as you have some paint, you should be able to brush right over it, and your problems will disappear, right? If only it was that simple. Fixing paint scuffs and scratches takes the right tools and techniques. It can save time and money repainting an entire wall.

Here is how to touch up paint on walls in your home:

Assemble your paint tools.

You don’t need commercial tools to do a minor paint repair job. They are too bulky, and you don’t want to have to remove furniture from the space. Put together a simple paint repair kit with the following items:

  • Small roller
  • Regular paintbrush
  • Foam brush
  • Putty knife
  • Drywall/wood filler
  • Sponge
  • Drop cloth
  • Mixing stick
  • Rags (dry and wet)

You may not need all of these for every application, but it’s best to have the right tools for any touch-up paint job.

Match the paint.

If you painted your walls yourself, you might have some paint leftover. Otherwise, you need to match up the wall colour. Even if you do have paint, if the wall has had constant exposure to sunlight, it may be faded, and your colour will not match. You should use Benjamin Moore outdoor paint for exterior walls, known for their quality and durability.

Chip off a small piece of the paint and take a high-res photo of the wall to take to your local paint shop. They can accurately match your wall colour and mix you with any size you need for the touch-up job. There are also colour match apps you can use to help out.

Paint with a clean surface.

Your wall needs to be prepared before you can start painting, so inspect the damage and do any patching for dents and holes. Give it a light sanding after it’s dried, and wipe the area down so it’s clear of dust and dirt.

Using a damp sponge to lightly wash the wall is a good idea because you may find the scuffs wash off, making your touch-up job even easier. Remember, your paint adheres best to a clean surface so take the time for this prepping.

Use prime on walls.

Since this is a smaller area, you may think putting on a primer isn’t necessary. You want to have the closest matching coat to the existing wall so starting with a good primer helps the paint blend better. It promotes better paint adhesion too. Your paint store will recommend the best primer to use.

Prep the paint.

Now you are ready to start painting, but you have to get your new can mixed up properly before you do. Put down a drop cloth and open up your lid. Your new paint or old can is colour-matched but must be thoroughly stirred to combine the pigments and binding material. This will give you a better finish that is evenly distributed, so don’t skip this step.

Consider the paint texture.

When you apply your paint to an existing coloured wall, you want to ensure the textured application matches. All brushes and rollers aren’t the same, and it’s best to use as close to the same tools as you can to get the same texture. Also, take the painting direction into account so the new patch matches seamlessly.

Paint the walls.

Finally, it’s time to put that colour on the wall. Try not to apply too much paint at once because it messes with streaking. Load your roller with a small amount of paint and start in the middle of the patch, working your way out, and once you cross over to the exiting paint, feather it out to make a smooth blend. Smaller rollers are easier to handle and give you more precision, but you can use a foam brush if it is only a small patch.

Let the paint fully dry and see how the colour looks. You may need to apply a second coat to make it unnoticeable.

Clean the paint supplies.

After you are done, clean up your tools well and save your paint for the next time you need to touch your walls. That way, it saves you money, and you don’t have to try and match the colour again. If you find that the colour and texture still aren’t right, consider hiring a professional painter to do the job. They have the tools and expertise to get the job done fast and leave you with a beautiful finish.

Taking on a touch-up paint job is a rewarding experience, so follow these steps, and you will transform your walls to match the beauty of the rest of your home.

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