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Touching Up Paint: Do's and Don'ts

Not even the best paint jobs are impervious to damage. Touching up your walls and other surfaces is just part of business maintenance. For the most part, these minor fixes are easy to make. That doesn’t mean, however, that you shouldn’t pay attention to what you’re doing and how you’re doing it. There is a right way and a wrong way to touch up your painted surfaces.


DO CHECK THE DAMAGE FIRST

If one of your walls requires attention, the first step is to analyze the issue. Scuff marks, scratches, and things of this nature are superficial, only requiring some proper cleaning and/or paint to amend. If the problem is more severe, like a dent or hole, you’ll have to put a bit more effort into fixing it. In these cases, you might have to perform some drywall repair before touching up the paint job.


DO PROPERLY CLEAN THE AREA FIRST

Paint adheres best to a clean surface. Your walls might not look dirty, but you’d be surprised at how much dust and dirt can unassumingly accumulate over time. To make sure the new paint sticks, carefully but thoroughly clean the affected area and let it dry before painting.

DON’T USE TOO MUCH PAINT

Touch-ups can range from extremely minor to covering more than half of a wall. Whatever the case, be mindful of how much paint you’re using. More paint and coats can always be added, but using too much paint can lead to streaking and blob formation.


DON’T FORGET TO STIR THE PAINT

It’s standard practice to give paint a good stir before applying it to a surface, whether it’s a brand new bucket or an old stored container. This helps bring the binding and pigment components together. Proper stirring will ultimately result in a better, more evenly distributed finish.


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