Has the inevitable scratch or scrape appeared on your freshly painted
wall? It is almost impossible to avoid some form of damage over the
years, especially when kids, pets or furniture are in regular contact
with the walls of your home. Perhaps it was an older paint job, but
damage is still an eye sore and if the rest of the wall is in great
shape, painting the entire wall or room seems like overkill.
Fortunately, there are ways to touch up a damaged or scuffed wall.
However, a certain finesse is required to have the final repair look
nice and a few key tips are important to keep in mind when starting this
type of job. After all, a botched repair can sometimes look worse than
the small scratch that was there before!
Choose the Right Tools
It’s time to take a very careful look at the surface of your
paint job. Was this paint job carried out using a roller or a brush?
Was the paint dabbed on with a sponge to create a specific pattern? It
is usually fairly simple to identify if a roller or brush was used,
since a brush always leaves fine lines where the bristles left a trace
in the paint. A smoother finish is almost always done with a roller.
However, not all brushes and rollers are created equal. Some brushes
have very fine bristles than can resemble a roller finish from a
distance and some brushes use coarse bristles that tend to create a more
artsy and vintage look. Rollers can be very fluffy or more flat.
Choosing a roller as close to the one used originally is important if
you want the repair to blend in nicely. Whether you are trying to find
the perfect roller or brush, testing the chosen tool out on a sample
piece of material is always a smart move. That way, you can see if you
have misjudged the finish that the tool creates, and you will have a
chance to look for the right tool. Otherwise, you will need to find a
way to remove the paint you applied to the wall so that you can try
Be Mindful of the Finish
Paint comes is a large spectrum of finishes, from shiny and
glossy to a perfectly matte and dull finish. Checking the sheen of the
paint is important, especially in various lighting conditions, since
matching the way the paint behaves in various lights can make the
difference between a nice repair and a horrible one. For example, matte
finishes are the most unforgiving when it comes to touch ups. If the
repaired area is just slightly more or less shiny than the rest of the
wall, it will be quite obvious. Repainting the whole wall is often
necessary when the right level of matte cannot be accomplished. Shiny
paints are more forgiving and sometimes a shiny paint is glossy enough
for a scuff or scratch to simply rub off! It’s always worth a try to fix
the repair with a simple clean rather than a repaint.
Plan in Advance
So many problems can be avoided when the homeowner plans for
potential repairs in advance! It is always a great idea to save any
leftover paint from your contractor and to make sure that you know if
they used a roller or a brush. This way, you can show the contractor
exactly what paint was used for the initial job and they can either help
you find the same product again if you want to repaint the whole wall,
or they can advise you regarding how to use the paint so that it matches
the rest of your wall. Getting a color match from a paint store is
always a more tedious way to go and nobody likes to waste time running
around when a color isn’t quite right. However, is a paint job is quite
old it is to be expected that even the saved paint won’t match. That is
because paint can fade over time, which is especially true for reds and
other bold colors. When faded paint needs to be repaired, it is best to
call a contractor to see what they can do about the damage because this
type of repair is often beyond the average person.
Overall, repainting a small part of your wall can really
make it look like new again when a few important details are given an
adequate amount of attention. Overlooking the tools that were used the
first time around or neglecting to save paint that was leftover can
really add more work to the job. Asking a contractor’s opinion is a
great way to have the repair done in an efficient manner and if you are
lucky, the scuff or scratch will come off with a little elbow grease
instead of a complete paint job of the entire wall.
If you have any questions or would like to get a free estimate, contact us here or call us directly at 239.963.7937.