touch up with exact same point not matching - repaint wall

Old 08-15-13, 09:40 PM
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touch up with exact same point not matching - repaint wall

I have a bucket of latex paint from a major paint store left over from a room that was painted a few months ago. I was sad to see that the touch up did not match at all after drying overnight. I attached a picture, can you see where the touch up is?! It seems quite a bit off for the exact same paint from the same bucket... Any tips of how I might try the touch up again?

Assuming I have to repaint the entire wall. Do you think the match is close enough that if I paint edge to edge it will be ok?

Any tips on how I can use a brush and paint to preserve the texture of the wall, if I repaint the entire wall?

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Old 08-16-13, 04:25 AM
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Touch ups by their nature can be problematic. Some brands and types of paint are better/worse than others. But before you give up - did you stir the paint up well? Sometimes it helps to feather the paint out beyond the touch up point.

1 or 2 coats of paint has very little effect on the texture. The color is close enough where no one would be able to detect the difference from one wall to the next.
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Give it time - sometimes the paint changes color with time and you will see the difference fade.
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Maybe not enough stirring...the different components of the paint separated out from sitting so long so you didn't get enough pigment in the glob you put on your brush. When I went to touch up my basement floor the other day I forgot to stir and the paint was there from when we bought the place 8 months ago. First attempt put down a color that wasn't even close to the surrounding area. I stirred and shook for a few minutes and the second attempt was an almost exact match.

Also when touching up really small areas I dip a paper towl in the paint and then dab it on rather than using a brush. The paper towl method makes for a better blend on small touch ups and helps me keep keep the repair as small and unobtrusive as possible.

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