So easy. Fingerpaint whenever you can.
I use flat everywhere in my house and rarely clean. I just get out the paint and touch up. A quick wash of the brush and presto.
You might need:
- These brushes are great. Don’t use dollar store brushes: the shed and the bristles end up on the wall
- For holes, lightweight spackle: apply with your finger, give a quick sand when dry, and 2 coats paint…presto
- Sandpaper: very fine grit for most touch up work
- The best spray cleaner...amazing price as of publication time
See not on time, light, and color fading at the bottom.
What I do:
I keep about a cup of my latex paints in GLASS jars with a metal lid. (Not plastic: it slowly breathes and the paint will dry up).
- About once per year, just open the jar and hit the spots with some finger painting or a small brush if spots are large.
- Wipe the jar lip and lid so you get a good seal.
Same thing as for interiors but that’s going to mean a bit of scraping, spot priming, and paint. Still, it’s fast.
How to quickly clean a brush? A very quick read and video.
Be aware that paints can fade in sunlight and in time in any light…so the old wall color may not match, even if the paint was from the same can.
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2 thoughts on “How to Master the 5-Minute Paint Touch Up”
I had a painter paint my stained cabinets. The finish came out a little rough instead of smooth as my cabinets were before. They did sand first and then used primer, then used a small roller to apply satin trim paint from Sherwin Williams. The painter said that this happens when painting over stained cabinets?
No. Another so-called painter screws up your house. He should have used a better roller as the fibers came off and that’s what you see/feel. And/or he should have sanded BETWEEN EACH COAT. Tell him to get a lawyer and that you are filing. You want all your money back and you want him to pay an actual painter to strip off what he did..or at least sand it down to be paintable again. What an embarrassment he is and you can tell him that for me.