Jan 29, 2009

When paint touchups go bad pt2 | Painting

Visible touchups The last time I wrote about paint touchups going bad was geared towards the way in which the touchup was made using various other means to touch up. For example, do not touch up eggshell paint with a brush when it was originally painted with a roller.

So what if all the precautions were made to ensure the paint touch up was made in the same manner in which it was originally painted and the touchup stands out like a sore-thumb?

Visible touchups

You have a few options to look at but unfortunately they require a repaint to fix them. Generally if the paint touchup stands out at this point it is likely to be paint related. It’s possible the paint was not mixed properly at the beginning of the job. I don't know how many times I opened a can of paint fresh from the paint store and colorant (tint) was dripping from the rim and/or colorant noticeably visible throughout the gallon.

Another situation can be no visible colorant but the gallon was not on the shaker long enough. The bottom portion of the gallon is thicker than the top portion so by the time you get to the bottom of the gallon the touchup was made with thicker paint then when it was rolled.

It’s important to box or mix all paint together prior to starting a job and be sure you have more than enough paint for touchups later. This means fully empty the gallon and remove and mix the paint from the bottom of the can. Generally the bottom inch of paint in the can is thicker. You can purchase a gallon of paint at 7am and return at lunch time for a 2nd gallon and the color can be off enough to show. I'd have to say from experience the odds you going to a paint store for more touchup paint after the job was painted and having it touch up nicely are slim to none.

One other thing worth mentioning, paint manufacturers change formulas on a colors believe it or not. Bone White isn't the same Bone White it was years ago for example. You might want to call and ask if there were any changes in formulas over the years if the touchup color is off enough to be questionable. Minwax Stains are another where formulas change. Yeah, I know... it’s stupid.

About the photos: The same area photographed from two angles.

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