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aywho 07-21-2011 08:39 AM

Wall Touchup

I'm a student and have no experience in painting at all. I'm posting on this forum to see if I can get some tips on how to do simple touchup. Recently I saw some scuff marks on the wall, and I decide to use the paint from the original paint can. It was such a small scuff mark (the size of a dime) that I decide to use cotton swab. I dipped the cotton swab into the paint and applied an extremely thin layer. Afterwards I let it dry. After a day, when I examined the wall from different angle, I see a difference, and it looks like a patch.

I'm sure that the color is the same, but why is it that I can still spot the difference (esp. when I'm looking at it from the side)

How do I fix it without repainting the entire wall?

Thanks so much!

nealtw 07-21-2011 11:31 AM

I would bet the the wall has faded over time.

aywho 07-21-2011 11:33 AM


Originally Posted by nealtw (Post 59024)
I would bet the the wall has faded over time.

The wall was painted about 4-5 months ago =(

CharlieO 07-21-2011 12:16 PM

First thing is paint take about 30 days to full cure, so the new area should blend over time if it is the same paint.
Also using a different applicator will make a difference, if the wall was painted with a roller and you try to touch it up with a brush you will se a difference at least for a while.
Give it some time and see what happens.

Mallot999 07-21-2011 08:26 PM

Paint pigments fade over time (even if from the same can).

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