4 Tips to Repair Paint Chips

One of the easiest things that you can do to spruce up your home is to repair paint chips around the house. Many homes now days have some kind of color on the wall, and regular wear and tear create chips when walls are bumped into or damaged. This will help prolong the life of your interior paint, and extend the life of the paint so that you do not have to completely repaint the interior of the home as frequently. Here you will find some tips on repairing paint chips around your home.

Assess the Depth of the Chip

First, you will want to assess the depth of the chip before you just paint over it. Deep gouges will ultimately be almost as visible whether it has matching paint in it or not. There are a number of products on the market that you can use to fill gouges in drywall or texture on your walls and ceilings. There are also simple patches that are available if there is a large hole in the wall (more than 1 inch in diameter) that can be applied, mudded over, sanded then painted. Generally, you will want to use either spackle or joint compound to fill these blemishes. Sand them down t the level of the rest of the wall, then paint them.

Matching Color

Paint keeps for years, so when you do paint, buy an extra gallon when you are purchasing your paint and save it for touch ups. Most homeowners will keep spare paint, so even if you purchased your home with the existing color on the walls, look around for extra paint. You can use this paint to touch up chips and dings in the paint around the home. If you do not have access to matching paint, pull a paint chip off the wall about the size of your thumbnail and take it to your local home improvement store. They will, usually, be able to match the paint color almost exactly, or at least close enough that any difference is not noticeable. 

Using Old Paint

While paint does keep for a long period of time, you may have to do a little work on the paint to make it usable again. First, you will want to thoroughly stir the paint. A paddle used with your drill or even a cheap hand mixer can make short work of thoroughly stirring the paint and remixing any parts that have separated. If you have lumps in the paint, pour it through a cheese cloth to strain out lumps.

Use Good Brushes

Bristle brushes frequently leave brush strokes where ever you use them, and this may be a telltale sign that there has been a touch up job done. A small paint roller or a sponge brush will leave a texture that will more easily blend in with any surrounding texture, more effectively hiding any flaws.