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Paint Touch-Ups and Repairs 

January 20, 2023

The walls in most homes experience quite a bit of wear and tear, especially if you are a homeowner who likes to redecorate and move wall hangings from one location to another. Nail holes, scuff marks, and all sorts of blemishes can be found on wall surfaces after years of use. 

So, short of repainting an entire room, homeowners are left with the task of repairing and touching up walls when issues arise. Let’s take a look at how to do these touch-ups and repairs to keep our paint looking pristine and aesthetically pleasing for years to come. 

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Clean First 

Before you start patching holes or uneven areas of your walls, take a few minutes to clean the area. This will remove any dirt, grime, grease, or fingerprints that have sullied the walls. A soft washcloth, warm water, and gentle soap should do the trick. 

The idea behind this step of the process is to ensure that the surfaces are clean enough to allow the new paint to adhere properly to the surfaces. Dirt and grime can cause surfaces to be bumpy and lack real adhesion ability. That could then cause peeling or bubbling of paint in the future. So take those few minutes to clean the walls. 

Find Color Match

If you find that you will need to paint over areas that are showing signs of blemishes, you may need to seek out the original color of the walls. In case you don’t have the name of the color or leftover paint in the basement color matching may be the best option. 

Color-match software and technology online that can help you match your paint color perfectly. If you happen to remember the store you purchased the paint at, they may also have a record of the purchase. 


Repair Surfaces 

Whether your walls have nail holes, water stains, or scuff marks from chairs or shoes hitting against the walls, you may need to take time before repainting sections to repair the area. 

For nail holes, use a putty knife and putty to fill the holes. Then sand the area down and wet sand it as well to make sure the area is smooth and ready to take a layer of paint. 

For watermarks, take the time to investigate if an active leak or water problem is still causing the issue before you repair the area with paint. Otherwise, your paint project will get ruined once the leak occurs again. 

Prime and Paint 

Once you have cleaned, repaired, and prepped the area, now you can start to prime and paint the sections that are in disrepair. 

Make sure to do a couple of coats of the primer before adding the final color coat so that the color will show through perfectly. 

For help with your paint projects call our team to get started on improving the overall appearance of your home, inside or out. 


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