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Should I Touch Up or Replace Damaged Paint?

calander May 18 , 2020 user-icon Nash Painting

Fixing Damaged Home Paint

When properly applied, high-quality paint is designed to last a long time. Still, not even the best paint jobs last forever. Over time, various factors will cause paint to fade, flake, peel, bubble -- you name it. When your home painting is afflicted by damage or deterioration, though, you have to decide whether to repaint the entire surface or simply touch up the most affected areas. Both courses of action are viable and will help you reinvigorate your property, but one might make more sense than the other. After all, replacing damaged paint is more time-consuming and costly than touching it up, but a mere touch-up job might not be enough to restore your surfaces.

So, should you touch up or replace your damaged paint? Here are some things to consider when making this call.

How Old is the Paint?

If you had your house exterior and/or interior painted not all that long ago, you probably won’t want to start all over again unless the previous job went really wrong. Fortunately, newer paint jobs usually won’t require a total replacement, even if some damage is present. If the paint job is more than a couple years old, however, this decision becomes trickier. For the most part, you shouldn’t have to think about repainting your home for about 5-10 years after having it painted. But if there’s enough damage, a whole new coat might be required sooner than this. At the very least, it might make more sense to repaint the whole surface in this scenario, considering it’s been a little while since it was last covered.

How Widespread is the Problem?

The next factor to consider is the size of the issue. Are you looking at a small dent or nick in one area of your drywall? Or are the walls in your kitchen or bathroom starting to bubble, peel, or flake all over? The further the damage has spread, the more you’ll have to consider a replacement job, as you would need to perform several touch-ups to amend the problem anyway. But if the damage is isolated there’s no reason to invest in a total repainting.

How Severe is the Damage?

Of course, the size of the damage isn’t the only thing to consider -- you must also take severity into account. For instance, you might notice that the paint on one of your wooden features is flaking in a single area. It might seem like a mere touch-up is all that’s required. Upon further investigation, though, you discover rot. If left unchecked, this rot will potentially spread and undo whatever touch-up you perform. In a case like this, you’ll want to address the underlying cause before anything else. You may even have to replace the entire feature or a section of it before moving on. Once you’ve done this, you or your local painters can commence painting or repainting.

Color Matching Concerns

If you decide to touch up a damaged paint job, you want to make sure the new paint perfectly matches the older surrounding paint. This is why professional home interior painters will tell you to properly store and label any extra paint from a previous job. This way the exact paint is there for you when you need it. If you don’t have any leftover paint on hand or can’t remember the brand, color, and/or sheen you used, you can still match colors by visiting a local paint or hardware store that offers color matching services. There are also online tools and resources that can help.

Of course, if you want to introduce a new color to your home, matching doesn’t matter. However, note that if you’re going to paint over a darker color with a lighter one, you may need to apply extra coats and/or tinted primer to help the new color supersede the old one.

Whatever You Do, Do it Right

Whether you end up touching up or replacing damaged paint, proper surface prep is key to achieving the best results. At Nash Painting, we take this preparation process seriously, cleaning surfaces and removing old paint with our pressure washing services, making necessary repairs, sanding surfaces, caulking gaps, and more. To learn more about us, our services, and our values, call us at 615-829-6858 today!