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Our wood living room ceiling was painted 20 years ago with a flat white paint using a roller. Two years ago I had to touch up a small place - 4 inches by 3 feet - on the ceiling where a leak had caused a stain. This touch-up did not match 100% - the touched up area is visible - since I no longer had the original paint and that color was no longer made by the paint company. I want to fix this. I borrowed a tool (made by Color Savvy) that when pressed against a painted surface will indicate the best paint match from a database of over 10,000 paints from several paint manufacturers. Pretty cool.

Okay, so now I can buy a paint that exactly matches the ceiling and touch-up the small area.

But this leads to a question:
Is there a specific technique that I should use when applying the paint to this small area so that when dry, the touched up area blends seamlessly with the rest of the ceiling and is no longer visible?
 

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Totally agree with painting the entire ceiling. No matter what the gizmo says 20 years of aging on the ceiling I don't see any paint being a match. Maybe a computer could match it if you could cut out a sample to take in.
 
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No way dude. Paint the whole ceiling and save yourself hours or even days of frustration. And did you mention this scenario to the people selling you the paint? If they are worth dealing with they would have said the same thing if they were aware that it was a "touch-up" on twenty year old paint.
 
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