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How to Paint Touch-Up Your
House Without Matching Paint Color

In door and Outdoor Paint Touch Up Solution

It’s a house painting problem we all run into—how to touch up chips or holes in the wall when you don’t have the right paint color? Even if you know the paint color of your walls you could run into this house painting problem, because overtime paint fades and the new paint touch up will look darker. The solution? Use the following color sensitive house painting touch up technique.

Painting Touch Ups: Step #1

Bring a few gradient paint color swatches from your local home improvement. Each gradient paint swatch will show three or four versions of one paint color, going from light to dark. Find the color swatch closest to the paint color you want to mix for your house paint touch ups.

Painting Touch Ups: Step #2

At your local home improvement buy the sample size for the best color paint match. Also buy a shade lighter and a shade darker. Buy a paint brush if you don’t have one.

Painting Touch Ups: Step #3

Cover a plate or slab of wood in foil paper to serve as your paint mixing palette. Pour a little of the paint color you think will match your house paint. Smear a thin layer of the paint on the wall with your brush. If the paint color is a little too light it is likely to dry to an exact match. Consider yourself lucky.
Painting Touch Ups: Step #4

If the paint color looks like a perfect match or appears too dark or far too light, you’ll need to mix your own paint color. Depending on whether the paint color is too light or too dark, add a dab of the lighter or darker paint color to your palette.

Mix lightly with your brush then paint a thin layer on the wall, blending the previous smear. It’s okay for streaks of light or dark color to come out of the brush; this will help you to slowly blend paint color differences away.

Painting Touch Ups: Step #5

As you work on mixing your own paint color, blend the paints in your palette, then work them in gentle smears on the wall. Go beyond the touch up area to blend the mark into the rest of the wall by slowly decreasing the thickness of the paint applied. When you’re done, the wet paint spot should gradually blend perfectly into the house paint, as the edges of the paint touch up will be so thin as to have already dried.

Painting Touch Ups Step #6

Once the touch up is perfectly dry, it may have a different sheen than the rest of the house paint. Take P-320 grid sandpaper and gently sand the touch up area, starting at the edges. Work very gently in straight lines that match the brush strokes you made when painting the touch up. Wipe the touch up from time to time to remove dust, then check if further sanding is necessary.

Painting Touch Ups: Step #7

The more textured the wall you are touching up, the easier mixing the right paint color will be as flaws will be concealed more easily. For smooth walls you may have to repeat the paint touch up process twice for perfect results.

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