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Old 11-18-2008, 07:01 AM   #1
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Hi there, we live in a 4 bedroom house in Melbourne. We are looking at selling the house in the next couple of months. As a part of preparing the house for the sale, a few minor cosmetic jobs are required to be done..including painting.

Over the last 7 yrs, due to constant use, there are a few marks on the walls.. bike tyre marks, scratches, bumps..(yes we have young kids) etc etc.

Most of the walls are in very good paint condition.. its only a 7 yr old house. However, I did want to fix-up some minor patches on different walls.

Our house has the Plaster Board (mounted on timber frames) as internal walls.

Some areas have marks of screws / nails & hence small holes to be plugged & painted over.

I don't think a re-paint is required as the walls in 95% of the house are in an excellent condition. The color is light cream & hence quite obvious when it comes to the scratches / marks becoming more visible.

What is the beast way to patch up these marks.. what about matching of the paint.. what about the type of paint / technique to be used. Will I need to sand-paper some of the areas....

ANy help will be welcome to kick this project off.

Thanks in advance.

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Old 11-18-2008, 11:43 AM   #2
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You are best off to just repaint the entire wall or room because doing touchups without the original paint can be a hard thing to accomplish. The color match no matter where you get it from will never be 100% exact. Paints with any sheen (shine) like eggshell or semi-gloss will show the touchup spots and not blend well especially if you look at it at an angle. Flat paints will do it to but not as bad. Any spots you patch or see the joint compound or bare drywall will need multiple coats and should be primed if possible.

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I do a lot of drywall touch-up/repair work. Seldom does the repair blend in with the original "texture" (meaning just the texture left from the roller) of the existing wall when repainted a spot at a time. And if your paint is 7 (or even several) years old, good luck getting a "perfect" match. It's hard for even the "computer match" to take fading into consideration.........go ahead and repaint.
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It would be a miracle if the paint matched and your many touch-ups actually looked acceptable
It is much more likely it will look spotty and horrible

Even if you had the exact paint used, it won't match the on the wall for 7 years paint, which has faded differently on the different walls

As your prep is basically the same for "touch-up", I'd suggest a repaint
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if you know the exact paint used before, get it again i.e. same colour, sheen and brand/product. Then do 1 coat, without needing to cut in, just roll the entire wall.
wait several hours and check how the new paint matched the old at the edges. If its barely perceptible, then go ahead and roll all walls needed.

If not, then you'll want to cut as well.
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Ahh.. but timeless topic!! lol
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hahaha oups, i guess he's probably done by now.
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hahaha oups, i guess he's probably done by now.
Maybe not. He might be a procastinator, perfectionist, or just slow. It happens to us all.

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Ahh.. but timeless topic!! lol
This is true BJ. People are still surfing the ancient threads for help with projects today. Keeping them alive and up to date is important. This is a continuing conversation here.

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