Tips for Touching Up Your Interior Paint

Tips for Touching Up Your Interior Paint

February 21, 2020

When you’ve just completed a brand-new interior paint job, it’s natural to be nervous about potential damage that could ruin its immaculate appearance. It’s an unfortunate reality, though, that scratches and scrapes will happen, especially if you have kids or pets in your home. Touch-ups can be difficult in some circumstances, however, because you’ll need to match the paint.

Before you begin any work on touching up the damaged paint job, you’ll need to make sure you properly clean the area. You might be able to completely remove a scuff just by lightly scrubbing the surface, which might fully take care of the problem.

Once it comes time to actually touch up your interior painting in Pensacola, FL, here are some things you’ll need to consider.

Purchase the paint you’ll use for the touch-up

You should always make it a point to hold on to any leftover paint, whether you did the paint job yourself or had a professional come and do it for you. Keep the container clearly labeled so you can see not just the paint color and the mixing code, but also write on the can the room(s) in which it was used. If you still have leftover paint on hand, this will make the touch-up job a whole lot easier. Note that even with the original paint, there may be a slight difference between the appearance of the old paint and the touch-up.

If you don’t have the paint, but still have a record of the color, sheen and manufacturer, you can at least go and have another order filled at the paint store. Without that information, though, you’ll have to get the paint store to do a paint color match. This is going to be far less accurate, but it’s just about the only choice you have.

Test the new paint before fully applying it

Before you start work on the main touch-up area, it can be a good idea to test out the paint in a small, out-of-the-way spot. Try this inside a closet, or behind a piece of furniture. This will help you ensure you at least have a close enough match before you start the touch-up work in a clearly visible area. You should not make any judgment about the match of the color until the paint has fully dried—paint often appears different when freshly applied than when it’s finally dried and adhered to the wall.

Complete the touch-up work if you are satisfied with the color match

When performing the touch-up work, try dabbing the areas that need to be touched up with a small artist’s brush rather than using a large bristle brush. This can allow you to get more detailed with your blending, and to complete the work with much more precision. Just make sure you use the same method of application as you did when the paint was initially applied (i.e. brushing vs. spraying).

For more information about how you can get the best results out of touching up an interior paint job in Pensacola, FL, contact the team at Fresh Start Painting, Inc. today.

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