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Old 04-22-2009, 08:40 PM   #1
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I rent a fairly new duplex and I'm moving out soon. I noticed the builder's grade paint scuffs REALLY easily so I used a Magic Eraser to get rid of the marks. The problem is, there are spots where the paint was so thin, it came right off. How do I touch it up? There are hundreds of different whites to choose from let alone different finishes. Do I ask for "Builder's grade" paint? Is there such a thing or is it all about the poor application?? Help!!!!!

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You will need to find whatever original paint was used and touch up, otherwise you need to pick a white and re do the whole wall

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Sounds like they only sprayed a texture primer on the walls. Mabety you could try to go to a local paint store and see what the bigger drywall companies use....It's worth a try.
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Unless your landlord is a complete jerk or very inexperienced, he already expects to paint the house after you move out, and shouldn't charge you for minor scuffs, scrubbed spots, etc. Wall damage, yes; scuffed paint, no. There is a reason the house had such cheap paint to begin with... apartments and duplexes are the sole reason watery stuff like SW ProMar 700 even exists; it is made precisely for this use.

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Sounds like they only sprayed a texture primer on the walls. Mabety you could try to go to a local paint store and see what the bigger drywall companies use....It's worth a try.
That's going to probably lead you nowhere.

Your best bet would be to paint everything, but if that is not part of your plan, I would go to the place you are going to purchase the paint from and bring them a sample( maybe even a piece of the drywall), or ask for a fandeck to take and match it up at your house.

And as far as paint goes, you can head to one of the seemingly dreaded 'Big Box' stores and find a lower quality paint for around $10-$15 per gallon, which is perfect for the project you are working on.

Hope I could help and, Good luck!

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That's going to probably lead you nowhere.

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Worked for me when I rented. I was always complimented and thanked.
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Worked for me when I rented. I was always complimented and thanked.
Well you may be one of those lucky people who are few and far between. But I see it everyday, the same problem with the last owner/renter not leaving a quart of paint behind for touch up or matching, much easier to get in, get it matched and get out.
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Go to a paint store - I'll say Sherwin Williams because I know them. Ask for a color fan deck to *borrow*. Go home and match the color as close as you can, and go back to SW. Ask for a sample quart of the color match - it will cost you $5. Buy a cheap chip brush for $1 and you can take care of every small scuff and scratch in your home.

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