How to Care for Painted Walls & Touching Up

How to Care for Painted Walls & Touching Up


[MUSIC PLAYING] Hi, I’m Cole Schaefer,
professional painter, and welcome to
Dunn-Edwards Paints’s “How to Paint” video series. Over time, paint endures
a lot of wear and tear. So from time to
time, you’ll need to clean and touch up your
walls to keep them looking great for years to come. In this video, I’ll show
you tips for maintaining and protecting your walls. When painting a space,
it’s not only important that it looks great
when you’re done, but that it looks
great years later, too. Using higher-quality
Dunn-Edwards Paints will make the walls
easier to clean and allow the finish to last much longer. The type of finish you
use is also a factor. Gloss and semi-gloss
paints hold up better to cleaning than flat paints
because of their smoother, more durable surface. Think of gloss paint as a
slab of granite and flat paint as a slab of sandstone. Because sandstone is
more porous than granite, it will stain easier. So if your walls are getting
a few marks or stains, your best course of
action is to clean them as soon as possible in order
to keep them from staining. Be sure to take it easy
using light pressure, avoid scrubbing, and use
the least aggressive cleaner so you don’t damage,
erode, or burnish the paint, which can alter the
color or leave a shiny spot. Now, use a damp sponge
with some mild liquid soap when you’re attempting
to clean a wall to prevent surface damage. Now, for more severe
dirt or marks, use the same technique of
the least amount of pressure and avoid scrubbing. The difference is
you may need to use a more aggressive
cleaner, such as Krud Kutter, a high-strength,
multi-purpose stain remover that you can find at your
neighborhood Dunn-Edwards Paints store. For additional suggestions on
how to remove difficult stains, refer to our “How to Care for
Newly Painted Walls” brochure on dunnedwards.com. Now, when cleaning your walls
doesn’t provide the results you expect, touching
up the walls may be the next course of action. But please keep in mind, paint
touch-ups are a bigger task and results may vary. Why? Well, there are
so many variables that can affect a touch-up. For instance, there’s the age
of your painted walls, color, gloss, and surface texture. Each of these issues can make
touch-ups extremely difficult. Now, although touch-ups
can be challenging, there are some best practices
to make the touch-up paint blend with the existing paint. Touch-ups should be done
to paint that is not older than one year and try
to use the same batch of paint as the original, if you have it. Now, some of the items
you’ll need for touch-ups include a paint roller, a
paintbrush, a paint tray and liner, and paint
from the original batch. Now, make sure the
surface is clean, dry, and free of any dirt
or peeling paint. Now, if given the choice
between a brush and roller, always use a roller to
perform the touch-up. The texture created
by using a roller helps blend the touch-ups
into the surface. If performing a touch-up
on a smooth wall, a brush will work better. If you are using a
brush, avoid feathering into originally-painted
areas, which could produce an outline
around the touch-up area and it won’t look blended. Now, when loading either a
roller or a brush with paint, use the least amount
of paint as necessary. And one last note–
when touching up a large area or a wall
with a number of touch-ups, it’s best to repaint
the entire wall corner to corner so it all looks
smooth and the color blends. Now, for additional
suggestions on touching up, refer to our “How to
Touch-Up Painted Walls” brochure on dunnedwards.com. With quality paint and a little
care and a few touch-ups, your paint job should look
good for years and years. So for all of us here
at Dunn-Edwards Paints, I’m Cole Schaefer. Thanks for watching
and happy painting.

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