There are many reasons as to why you may need to touch up some of your home’s interior wall paint. For example, you may be looking to touch up a small spot where you needed to patch over a hole in the existing drywall. Regardless of your reasoning for needing to touch up interior wall paint, there are some important dos and don’ts you’ll need to keep in mind as you go to ensure the best results.
DO Get an Accurate Paint Match
Even a small touch-up is going to be glaringly obvious if you don’t have an exact paint match. Fortunately, there are many ways in which you can ensure an accurate match. For starters, if you have the original paint can, you can bring that into your local paint store and they’ll be able to match it for you. If you don’t have an old paint can, you can also use a putty knife to scrape away a small paint chip, put it in a plastic bag, and take it to your paint store to be matched.
DO Wash Walls Before Painting
Before you attempt your touch-up job, you’ll also want to make sure that the area you’re going to be painting is properly prepared. This means taking the time to wash the area with soapy water in addition to drying with a clean towel before painting. If you skip this step, your new paint’s appearance could be affected by grime or dirt on the walls. Just be sure that the area is completely dry before you apply the new coat of paint.
DON’T Forget to Protect Furniture
Finally, just because you’re only doing a “touch up” on your paint, this doesn’t mean spills and mistakes can’t happen. Be sure that any nearby wall outlets, furniture, and flooring are well protected before you bust out the paint cans, brushes, and rollers. After all, paint can be very difficult to remove from upholstery and carpeting, so it’s better to be safe than sorry, even when doing what seems like a simple touch up job on a small area of the wall.
Touching up paint around your house seems like a small task, but it does require some careful thought and planning. By keeping the above tips in mind, you’ll be on your way to a successful touch-up job in your home in no time. And, more than likely, you won’t even be able to tell that it was a touch up!
Have more questions? Need more help? Contact a company like Koontz Hardware with any concerns you have.