If you’re considering selling your home, you must go over every inch of it, ensuring everything is up to scratch. One of the most common issues that need addressing is paint touch-ups.
There can be several reasons your paint job could need touch-ups, from covering nail holes to minor chips in the paint, but no matter the reason, some do’s and don’ts can make painting your home much more straightforward.
Sounds interesting? Then follow along as we review some great tips and tricks when using touch-up paint.
Touch-Up Paint Tools
If you’re touching up your interior paint for the first time, you may not have all the tools required handy. Here’s a list of what you need so you can pop over to your local DIY store right away:
- Foam Paint Roller
- Small Angled Paint Brush
- Paint Tray
- Nail Filler
- Sanding Block
- Mild Detergent/Magic Eraser
Choosing Your Paint
If you don’t know what paint is already on the walls, you’ll do a bit of guesswork. First, try to match your interior paint color with the closest matching printed sample. Also, note the finish: satin, gloss, matte, etc.
If you know the paint, your job is exponentially easier, of course. So go ahead and purchase the paint when ready, but only buy as much as you’ll need for the task.
- Do try and match the interior paint color with a paper sample
- Do note the finish of the existing paint
- Don’t buy more paint than you need
- Don’t mix interior paint with exterior paint
Before Painting Prep Work
If you had to guess your touch-up paint, now in this step, you’ll want to paint a small patch somewhere out of sight. Remember to wait for the paint to dry before deciding if it’s the right shade.
Next, you want to fill holes from old picture hooks or cracks. Once it’s dry, sand it smooth with the sanding block, so it’s ready to be painted. Finally, wash the areas you will be painting with mild detergent and let it dry.
- Do paint a test patch that’s somewhere out of sight
- Do fill holes and cracks before paint touch-ups
- Don’t decide if the swatch is correct until the paint is dry
- Don’t skip smoothing the filled holes and cracks
- Don’t skip washing the areas before painting
The Touch-Up Process
Finally, the time has come to paint. When opening your paint can give the paint a good stir. This can get tiring, but you want to thoroughly mix the paint to get a better finish with accurate color.
Using brushes appropriate for the size of the touch-up area, apply the paint a little at a time. You don’t want to go too thick, or the color won’t match, and the touch-up paint job will be noticeable.
- Do stir your paint thoroughly to mix the separated oils
- Do use brushes sized appropriately for the area
- Don’t apply your paint too thickly
Make Your Next Touch-Up Paint Job a Breeze
The most complicated thing about a paint job should be selecting which color you want or need. However, often we make things more complex than it needs to be. Following our simple guide on the do’s and don’ts of touch-up paint will ensure all your touch-ups are quick and painless.
However, if you’d like to enlist the help of a professional, then contact us today. We can help with a range of paintwork and deck refurbishing services, and we’re waiting to help.