DIY tips for paint chips on Walls

For most of us in today’s pandemic affected world, the majority of our time is now spent at home. With work from home being the new normal, our work and personal lives have merged to a large extent and this leads many of us to evaluate our home environment with a lot more scrutiny than we may have had time for before. Today, probably more than ever, you may end up noticing those annoying chips on the wall paint, calling out for your attention to fix them. Depending on the scale and size of the issue at hand,  a DIY approach to fixing the chips on your wall paint may not be a bad idea to consider. Let’s have a look at the steps to keep in mind when attempting to fix the chipping wall paint in your home. 

Step 1: Choosing the paint: Unless you’re lucky or have shown some incredible foresight, chances are the wall paint used to cover your walls is no longer with you or has been all used up. When setting out to fix the chips on your wall paint, the first thing you want to ensure you do is find a colour as close as possible to the existing one on your walls. The market today is flooded with options for shades and tones of wall paint colours so take your time to find the right one and if you can get the exact same shade, well nothing like it.

Step 2: Preparing the surface: Before you proceed with any of the actual repair work, you want to ensure the surface you are about to work on is well prepped for the paint or any other adhesive materials you may need to use. Get rid of any unwanted dirt, blemishes or grime with a simple soap and water mixture, using a sponge to gently wipe it all away and let it dry. It may also be a good idea to prime the area you would like to touch up to allow the paint to stick better and also aid in colour blending once the new coat is applied. For this work, you’ll want to use a primer that’s been made for indoor wall paint use and once you’ve applied the primer on the affected area, let it dry out completely before you move to the actual painting. It’s advisable to use a small paintbrush for this work as the surface area may be small and you don’t want to spread the material around the wall unnecessarily. 

Step 3: Applying the paint: Now that the surface is well prepared, you can move to the actual wall painting part of the exercise. If you’re the lucky one who has some paint left over from the last time around, stir it well so that the pigment is mixed in well with the paint. It’s important to work with a delicate touch here so that you don’t end up spreading the wall paint to unwanted areas of your wall. The tool you use for this delicate craft must be chosen entirely based upon the size of the paint chip you are trying to camouflage. For larger surface area chips of wall paint, going with a paint roller may not be a bad idea. The finer the crack, the thinner the implement you’ll want to pick up to cover it up. If you simply have a ton of scratches you want to take care of, a thin artist’s paintbrush may just do the trick. 

Step 4: Sit back and Enjoy it: Cleaning up shouldn’t take you too long given that it’s a DIY wall painting project and not a gaping whole you’re trying to fill up. Now that you’ve taken the care to think things through, it’s time to enjoy the fruits of your labor. To do a quick test, bring a friend or family member who comes over often to check the wall out and see if they can if there’s anything new. If they notice nothing, you’re free and clear!

There’s always a quick fix for those irritating nicks, chips and cracks on the wall but quick fixes can sometimes end up being just a temporary fix instead. For home painting related problems and fitting solutions that can’t be tackled by a DIY approach, Aapkapainter has the answers you need. Give us a call for a free consultation today.