Oct 23, 2007

When touchups go bad

Many complaints about paint touchups not matching are not necessarily paint related, imagine that. There are three main factors to consider when touchups go bad or paint does not match.

1. Was the touchup made in the same manner in which it was initially painted? Meaning, did you touch up with a brush over an area that was previously rolled? It is also just as important to use the same roller cover to touch up from the initial roll.

2. Is the touched up area shinier than the area around the touchup? If so, the main area is not at full sheen. Read this on how to achieve full sheen.

3. Does the touch up appear to be a different color? If so, it is likely the paint was not stirred adequately. It is especially important to stir dark colors frequently and stir the bottom of the can. Also important is proper boxing of the paint across multiple gallons.

The most common scenario: Don't expect much as far as touchups go using one coat of wall primer and one coat of finish, you're simply not done painting yet.

Other possible paint touch up failures can be attributed to temperature and the time taken to spread the paint. Do not expect nice touch ups if your paint sits out to (evaporate) for too long. Paint sitting in an open cutting can or bucket dries out quickly.

There are some paints out that suggest adding a certain amount of water to the paint for touch ups. Check the label for specific instructions. I found that some paints perform better and touch up nicer when initially thinned slightly with clean water, typically any thick paints. This thinning is especially useful for rolling 16' walls. Do not thin if you need thickness for coverage.

See also: Rolling Eggshell Paints for TIPS on rolling techniques.
Color Shown: Shewin Williams Totally Tan mixed in ICI Dulux Velvet Sheen

When paint touchups go bad pt 2.

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