How to Touch Up Wall Paint | Prime, Paint, Perfect

A scratch here, a mystery mark there—your painted walls have seen better days. Here’s how to touch up wall paint to make yours look brand new:

How to Touch Up Wall Paint

1. Clean

Clean the imperfection and surrounding area with mild soap and water. Gently scrub with a sponge or cloth—allow the area to dry completely.

2. Repair

Repair dents, holes and scratches. Smooth the area with a fine-grit sandpaper. Continue to fill in with spackle. Only fill in the area that needs repair. Scrape the excess away for a smooth and even look.

Follow our photo guide on how to repair chipped paint for step-by-step instructions.

3. Prime

Prime the repaired area so your paint blends—don’t apply primer anywhere else as it will affect the paint color. Remember, we’re going for a natural, never-had-damage-ever look.

4. Match

If you have the existing paint that’s already on your walls, apply the touch-up paint as you did originally. Try and use as little paint as possible when you touch up wall paint. Feather the paint outward to blend the repaired area into the existing wall. You want this to look natural, not like a giant new spot of fresh paint.

If you don’t have the same paint, visit a paint retailer or manufacturer and have them match the color. Pay attention to more than color—remember to use the same finish as the existing paint. Check out how to swatch wall paint for matching color in this article.

If you aren’t satisfied with the results, paint the entire wall, or better yet—the entire room. You know what that means? A trip to the color block wall of your local hardware store — and who doesn’t love that?!

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