How to Touch Up Wall Paint in 5 Easy Steps

If you need to touch up wall paint in your home, we have good news. Touching up interior paint in your home is easier than you may think. But before you rush into the project, make sure you’ve taken steps to prepare the walls and find the right paint.

Some homeowners may prefer a touch-up paint job to a full overhaul because painting can be expensive and time-consuming. Touch-ups can provide a good alternative if it’s been a while since you’ve painted your home and you’re looking for a fresh look. This is especially true if the overall paint job is good but just needs a little improvement.

How to Match Existing Paint on the Wall

It’s important that you know how to match the paint color for touch-ups before you begin. The best paint for touch-ups is the same paint used on the walls or trim. If you happen to have one of the original cans of paint that were used, this will make your paint matching job a breeze. Just take the can to your paint supplier and they’ll get you a can that matches perfectly.

If you don’t have an original can, don’t worry, there are other ways to color match existing paint. You’ll need to scrape off a bit of the paint using a razor knife. Put the paint in a sealable bag and take it to the paint store or hardware store. An expert should be able to find the right match for you. Be sure to purchase paint samples so you can test a small section and see if it’s a perfect match to the existing paint color.

If you’re still feeling unsure about the touch-up paint matching, it may be a good idea to call in a professional.

The Best Way to Touch Up Wall Paint

Like any paint job, there are steps you should take before you begin that help you avoid a messy disappointment. In this blog post, we’ll walk you step-by-step through how to touch up wall paint so the final product is most likely to turn out as expected. We’ll explain how to properly touch up wall paint, determine the amount of paint you’ll need, the tools required to do the job, and other tips to ensure a smooth process.

Clean the Walls

The first step in your paint touch-up procedure is cleaning the wall. None of our touch-up paint tips will work if you skip this step. If you try to touch up your interior paint job on a dirty wall, you’re going to encounter a variety of complications. Clean the walls with soapy water and give the walls time to dry completely before applying paint.

Fill and Sand

Before applying your touch-up paint, it’s a good idea to check if there are any holes that need to be patched. You can use a putty knife to spread filler across any holes you want to paint over. After filling the hole, let it dry, and then use a sander to smooth the area. be sure to clear away any residual dust from sanding, then you’re ready to paint.

Touch Up Your Walls With High-Quality Paint

Now that the walls you wish to touch up are clean, filled, and sanded, you can begin painting. We suggest testing a small area and letting it dry completely before moving forward with the entire project. Be sure to “dry-roll/brush” around the touch-up spot to help it blend in with the other areas. There are many variables to matching touch-up paint and if this is your first time you will want to take it slow to ensure you’re satisfied with the outcome

Let the Paint Dry

After you’re finished touching up your interior paint don’t worry if it doesn’t match right away. Wet paint can look different. After it fully dries, if it’s the right color match, it should look good and match well. You can test a small area before completing the entire touch-up job if you have concerns about the accuracy of the color match.

Label Your Paint Cans

After you’ve completed your touch-up paint job, remember it may not be the last time you touch something up. Make sure to properly label the leftover paint can so you will know the important information for future jobs. You can include information about where you used the paint, when it was purchased, and what kind of paint if that information is not on the label.

What to Do If Touch-up Wall Paint Doesn’t Match

If you’ve taken all the steps listed in the post and the touch-up wall paint doesn’t match, it’s better to stop and call a professional to assess the situation. When paint touch-ups don’t match, there could be a bigger issue going on that requires more experience than you can accomplish on your own.

(Read More: Should I Paint the Walls? Questions to Ask Before Tackling Your Next DIY Interior Paint Project)

You Can Count On Riggins Painting

If you’re ready for a new interior paint job we can help. We use the highest quality paints from Benjamin Moore and Sherwin-Williams to ensure you get a finish that looks great and lasts. We are the paint team Memphis trusts to do the job the right way the first time—every time.

Give us a call today or contact us here on our website and tell us about your project.

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