October 17, 2021

Guide to Help with Wall Patching and Painting

There’s no better feeling than seeing your walls, trims, baseboards, doors, and other household fixtures with a fresh coat of paint. But inevitably, the paint will fade, scuff, and degrade over time. In high-traffic areas, factors such as children, pets, and general wear and tear will cause the paint to degrade so you may need to have help with wall patching and painting done.

As long as the surface flaws are few and far between, there’s no need for a new paint job, and you’ll get by with simple repairs and some touch-ups.

But of course, if your wall looks like it’s screaming for a restoration and repainting job, it might be time to get an estimate from a qualified professional painting contractor.

You don’t have to deal with the entire wall, but only the problem areas that need a touch-up.

  1. Clean the area that you’d like to repair or touch up with a sponge and soapy water.
  2. Dry the damp area with a clean cloth or allow it to air-dry.
  3. Inspect the surface for flaws. As your house ages, things like holes and cracks will appear inevitably.
  4. For repairing cracks and holes, apply a few coats of a spackling compound to the damaged area using a putty knife. Allow the compound to dry.
  5. Scrape and sand off the excess compound to ensure a smooth surface and that the repair blends well with the surrounding wall. Wipe away any dust with a damp cloth.
  6. Apply a primer only to the area you’re going to touch up. A primer is not always necessary, but it improves the surface’s adhesion quality for the topcoat. A primer also ensures an even and uniform application of the topcoat and masks surface flaws.
  7. Allow the primer to dry completely before painting.
  8. When it’s time to paint the area you’re touching up, use a paint with the same type, color, and finish as the original paint job.
  9. Sometimes, a paint color that appears similar to the original paint job’s color may look different once applied on the wall. It’s because the first paint job has aged and lost some of its original intense color and gloss. Many paint manufacturers use various compounds in their paint formulas to achieve specific gloss levels. So, you might end up with an eggshell wall with a satin or semi-gloss touch-up spot!
  10. If you’ve run out of the original paint color or the manufacturer no longer makes the original, you may encounter some problems. But the good news is that other manufacturers, such as Benjamin Moore, can analyze a paint chip and reproduce your preferred color.

If you think that touch-ups like getting help with wall patching and painting requires an expertise of a professional, your Bay Area-based team at Custom Painting, Inc. has you covered! Contact us for a free estimate today and make us your go-to for professional residential and commercial painting services.