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Old 05-05-2011, 01:44 AM   #1
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Touching up flat paint

Hi don't get annoyed , I'm new. I'm not sure if the picture will show what's going on so I'll try to describe it too. I tried to touch up our flat dining room paint. There was some left in the garage from several years ago so I tried that and wherever I put the paint on, trying brushes, roller, foam, etc, it look like a dirtier wet version of the same color. So I got new paint mixed to match, tested it on the vents and it was perfect. So I put some on the wall (it had been several months since the first try and the wall wasn't wet from anything). I rolled on a 4x4 square and it looked like it would match when it dried, but a couple minutes later there was a frame about an inch wide around where I painted that looked water wet. Now it's 12 hours later and the new painted square looks like different dirty wet colors. The original paint has been on for 5 years with no problems besides kid scuffs and dirt that wouldn't come off. I have no idea what to do so any suggestions at all will be greatly appreciated.

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Old 05-05-2011, 03:24 AM   #2
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After 5 years, you need to paint the whole wall.


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To me, touching up a wall is one of the toughest jobs in the painting biz. Using the original paint, I simply use a Whizz mini roller and gently roll over any marks, etc. sometimes just tapping the roller onto the mark so as to hide it without having to roll out an entire section of wall. Even if you have leftover paint, since it's been 5 years the color is not gonna match up due to sunlight fading the wall paint, dirt and dust on the wall, etc. And, as you found out, buying new paint that is close to the color is never gonna be close enough. As Chrisn said, you may be further ahead to just paint the WHOLE wall at this point.
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