We’ve all done it: seen a bit of a ding or scuff in a wall or door and thought, “I can just touch that up,” only to discover that getting good results on touch-ups is a lot trickier than it looks! Results depend on 3 key factors: paint colour, paint finish, and lighting.
Paint Colour: Lighter colours are easier to touch up than darker ones because the “edges” of the touch-ups will be less visible on lighter colours.
Paint Finish: Glossy finishes are very difficult to touch up because of how light reflects off them. Touch-ups are much less visible on matte or flat finishes.
Lighting: Like anything else, flaws are difficult to hide under bright light. If you’re worried about the touch-up being visible, avoid trying to do it under critical lighting conditions.
Application Tips: For best results, use the same batch of paint as the original finish. Paint colours vary from batch to batch, even when colour matched. Slight variances in colour batches will show up as light or dark spots when the touch-up dries. Use the same application method to apply the touch-up, too: using a brush on a rolled surface (or vice-versa) will result in patchy textures.
A final word: If you paint job was done by professionals and is still relatively fresh, consider asking your painters to come back to do touch-ups, as they’ll be most familiar with the finishes in your home and have the tools and skills needed to produce the best results…and that means less stress and mess for you!
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At Powell Painting, we’ve been doing a lot of cabinet refinishing lately. Nothing spruces up a kitchen more than new cabinets! But buying new cabinets can be unpleasantly expensive, so refinishing is a great way to get “new” cabinets at a fraction of the cost.
But be warned: refinishing kitchen cabinets is surprisingly labour-intensive. If you’re looking for a transformation, consider hiring a professional, preferably one with a lot of experience specifically with cabinets. Not all painting companies will do a good job on cabinets, so make sure you know the one you’re hiring knows the ins and outs of cabinet refinishing.
Here are some of the steps Powell Painting takes to ensure the best results. Be sure to ask us about our trademarked Peace of Mind Process!
1. Preparation is the key! The finish will only be as good as the underlying surface preparation, so be sure to take the time to do the preparation steps properly.
2. Remove all doors, knobs, handles, and hinges. Make sure you label where everything goes so you can put it all back in the right places!
3. Clean, clean, clean! You’ll be surprised how much buildup kitchen cabinets may have from cooking, fingerprints, etc. We recommend using a tri-sodium phosphate (TSP) solution. It’s biodegradable, and it removes grease.
4. Sand all surfaces well to ensure smooth application and to give the surfaces a little texture for the paint to stick to them. Use a fine-grit sand paper. Dings and deeper scratches may need to be filled with wood filler first. Remember to use the right filler for your cabinets’ wood!
5. Use the right primer. Priming is key to a durable, fine finish.
6. Make sure all surfaces are free of dust before painting, or you’ll have a gritty finish.
7. Allow plenty of time for the primer and finish coats to dry and cure before applying the next layer. This may take more time than you may anticipate, but it’s worth it!
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