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Paint Touchups: What you need to know

November 4, 2022

Paint touch-ups are not all created equal. There are multiple factors that dictate the amount of work required to complete a job successfully.

Age: Walls, and thus paint, start to change color within months of application (because of light, dust, dirt, etc.). When touching up your home, even if you have the original can, a perfect match cannot be guaranteed.

Location: Touch-ups will always be noticeable. If the location of the work is in a high-traffic, very visible area, consider painting “corner to corner.” While more expensive, this is the only way to completely mitigate any color difference.

Paint Finish/Application: There are many different finishes and applications that will impact outcomes. For example, high gloss/lacquer paint will always show scars and paint originally sprayed on will look different if brushed over. All things to keep in mind.

Product: Color matching is hard. Whether you have the original can or take an existing sample to Sherwin Williams to color match, the result may be imperfect and the only thing to do is to keep trying until we get it right. Don’t stress if it’s not perfect the first time.

When submitting a new request for paint touch-ups in your home, consider the above and be sure to clearly articulate your needs/expectations. We are here to provide you with the service you desire but also want to set realistic expectations. We are always available to talk through options, so please let us know if you have concerns before we start your project.

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