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Does my Project Require a Touch Up or a Repaint?

If you are thinking about painting a space in your home, it’s important to consider your options for achieving the look you want. Most painting projects require a repainting of the space. This is certainly the case if you’re looking to make a big change, such as updating the color of the room. However, in certain situations, a touch up may be a good option for your space.

What is the difference between a touch up and a repaint?

A touch up involves applying a new coat of paint to a small section of a recently painted surface to cover a minor imperfection, such as a scratch, or a small repair.

For a repaint, you apply a new coat or two of paint to the entire project area. If you choose to do a repaint, we recommend repainting all the walls in the room if they are the same color, so one wall isn’t brighter than the others.

How do I Know if a Touch Up or a Repaint is Right for my Project?

If the wall or room has only minor imperfections, the surface was painted in the last year, or only a small section shows minor damage, a touch up may be the best option. On the other hand, a repaint may be the right solution if the room was painted over five years ago, imperfections are large or cover a large area, or the walls use a higher sheen paint.

An important factor to consider when deciding between a touch up and a repaint is the sheen, or the glossiness, of the paint on the surface. A touch up looks best with a flat or matte sheen paint. Touch ups aren’t recommended for higher-sheen paint because it doesn’t blend well, and the section with the touch up looks glossier than the surrounding area.

If you think a repaint may be the best option for your space, we would love to help with your project. You can schedule a free estimate online by clicking here or by calling us at (612) 255-3351.

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