How to Care for Painted Walls & Touching Up

Discover tips for maintaining and protecting your painted walls and how to properly touch-up.

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Man TalkingHi. I'm Cole Schaefer professional painter and welcome to Dunn-Edwards paints how to paint video series. You know over time painting doors 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 paint because of their smoother more durable surface. You know 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 stay an 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. Now 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 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 multipurpose stain remover that you can find at your neighborhood Dunn-Edwards paint store for additional suggestions on how to remove difficult stains refer to our how to care for newly painted walls brochure on
Supplies Needed ClipNow some of the items you'll need for touch-ups include a paint roller, a paintbrush a paint, tray liner and paint from the original batch.
Man TalkingNow make sure the surface is clean dry and free of any dirt or peeling paint. Now if given a 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 brush with paint use the least amount of paint as necessary and one last note when touching up a large area or 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
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