Looking to get back that smooth, unblemished interior from a residential painting project? Or maybe you’ve noticed a flaw from when your home was originally painted that seems to get more and more noticeable every time you look at it. Don’t think that you have to spend the time and money repainting that entire area when you can easily polish up a select spot. Forget the notion that things can only look new once and follow this useful advice to get that glaring flaw flowing with the rest of your home.
Clean the Blemished Surface
Consider the dust that builds up over time on shelves, counters, and electronics. Walls are no different; since there is likely a build-up of dirt and grime on the wall, you will want to use a wet sponge combined with some light detergent to clean the area. Don’t forget to dry the surface as moisture will otherwise dilute the paint and distort its colour. If you skip cleaning the surface, you will find that dirt may mix with the paint and the paint will not be nearly as adhesive.
Make Any Necessary Repairs
Any small holes or divots in the wall can first be remedied with a spackling compound. Before the inward defects are taken care of, you should apply some fine sandpaper on the area to flatten out any bumps or raised areas. Now fill the hole (using a putty knife or other suitable tool) with the spackling compound, making sure to completely fill the hole and to smooth out the surface of the compound as much as possible. Scrape away any excess spackling and make sure none sets outside of the affected area. You will have to wait at least a couple hours for the drying process at this point. If you end up with a raised patch, don’t worry; just carefully sand the area again to level out the wall. For a larger hole (approximately 2 inches or larger), you should use a wall-repair patch and apply it to the wall using joint compound.
Prime the Surface
You will need to use primer for the blemished spot to properly settle and blend with the rest of the wall. Any high-end interior latex primer is an ideal choice, and you will want to use a smaller brush for this somewhat meticulous process. It is absolutely vital that you restrict the spread of the primer to the blemished area for the best results. Once again, wait for the drying process when finished (the time will vary from product to product).
Finish with the Right Paint
If you can complete the touch-up using the exact same paint as the rest of the wall, this is optimal; even two cans of the same colour can differ slightly due to a variety of conditions that the paint undergoes over time, so you want to try to use the same can of paint that was used for the rest of the wall. If this is not possible, you can attempt to match the wall with the same brand and colour. Another great alternative can be to go to a paint manufacturer that allows you to create a specific colour of paint via colour match technology. Once ready, begin painting from the centre of the blemish outward and try to use lighter brush strokes around the outer edge to achieve a smoother transition. Let it dry, apply another coat if necessary, and you’re all done your residential painting.