Paint Touch-up tips
A common question asked by homeowners and contractors alike is how to achieve satisfactory results when touching up a wall or other painted surface.
Over time, most painted surfaces will require some amount of touch-up to correct any blemishes or repaired areas. Paint touch-ups will be effected by several factors during application such as:
· The ambient as well as the surface temperature which will have an effect on the coalescence (film forming process) of the paint film.
· Temperature of the paint coating. All paint should be stored in heated areas. Applying paint that is cold may have an effect on the gloss level.
· Method of application will have an effect on final color, texture, and sheen (or gloss). For example, if a paint coating is applied by spray, passing through the tip can have an effect on the color. When applying paint touch-ups, if paint is spray applied, save a small amount of the paint that has passed through the tip for future touch ups.
· Use of a different application tool (such as a short nap roller or a different brush) when performing a paint touch-up will produce a different color, texture, and sheen (gloss.) Make sure to apply touch up paint using the same application methods and tools as used for the original application. Additionally, thinning the product with a small amount of clean tap water may help you achieve the proper opacity, coverage and hue of the chosen color.
Paint touch-ups is an industry-wide concern. Sometimes, the best solution would be to simply apply a complete coat of paint in order to achieve a uniform finish.
Your walls are in good, clean condition, but frequently washed areas around light switches, on doors, etc., are rubbed bare. Here’s a quick and easy solution—if you saved some of the leftover paint and it was water-based. You’ll need a new sponge brush.
Make certain that the area to be touched-up is free of soil. Then soften the new sponge brush by dipping it in water. Wring it out well, then dip it into the leftover matching paint. Start in the center of the base spot using a circular motion as if you were washing the area. Use just enough paint to cover the spot. Continue the circling motion spreading the paint and feathering it out until it meets and thins sufficiently to blend with the surrounding area.
Paint Touch-Ups can be difficult but save money in the long run.