As hard as we try to keep our homes looking clean and fresh, over the months and years marks seem to appear out of nowhere on the walls – especially if you have small children! – while it is easier to just live with these marks and scratches, for those houseproud folk amongst us, I present a guide on how to repair marks on the wall and paint over them so they look as good as new.
The first thing you will want to do is get the right supplies. You will need some kind of paint that you are comfortable with, a medium-size brush that has fairly fine bristles, an artist eraser (optional), and a soft piece of cloth for wiping excess paint off your brush. For this example, I am using a matte creamy white colour with zero shine. However, you can use whatever paint colour is suitable for your walls and preference.
To begin, start with sanding the area down lightly, which will help to give it an even texture and also remove any loose bits of paint or varnish on the wall – one of my previous tutorials talks about sanding and preparing your walls before painting them: How to make your old walls look like new! (Part 1) . It’s very important that you try not to sand down the patch too much though as this may make it harder for you to repaint over it later without showing through.
Next, mix up some paint; not too runny and not too thick. You should be aiming for a creamy consistency that is easy to work with, and will also help you achieve an even colour all over the wall without any bleeding (not that I’m speaking from experience or anything…). If it’s runny, add more paint; if it’s too thick, add some water.
Now get to brushing! Dip your brush in the paint mixture and then sweep gently across the scratched portion of the wall – do not press too hard and try not to make any overlapping strokes. Be careful not to use up all your paint though as excess on your brush can make marks on the wall when you wipe it over. Don’t worry about getting paint onto other parts of the wall at this stage; you can clean up any spills after you have finished painting over the whole section.
I recommend doing a few a practice runs on some spare cardboard or newspaper before beginning, as it can take a little bit of time to get used to how much pressure and paint to use, and also how fast to move your brush – I know from experience that rushing will result in sliding paint off the wall!… which is never a good look even if it does mean more spare paint for another project. But do not be disheartened by this as very often marks that were once thought beyond saving can be brought back from the brink with just a little bit of care and attention!
Now that we’ve got the basics covered, let’s begin!
1. Clean the area with rubbing alcohol and let it dry completely. If you use plaster, make sure that you apply spackle or drywall compound first to fill up the scratch.
2. Apply the paint color of your choice over the entire surface of the scratched area using a flat stick or Purdy brush. Make sure that there are no lumps on the paint application as this might cause uneven texture once dried. Let paint dry completely.
3. Lightly sand the painted area to create a smooth texture.
4. Apply a second coat of paint color once the scratch is completely dry and sand again to give it a smooth finish.
5. If you are satisfied with the results, you can apply a coat of paint sealant over the painted area to protect it against chipping and peeling off of the wall.
And that’s it – your wall should look good as new!
Remember, practice makes perfect so if you’re not aiming for perfection on the first go, don’t give up. It can take a few tries to really get it right, but believe me when I say it is well worth it once you finally do! You will soon notice that your tricky little wall won’t be so much trouble anymore. Good luck and happy painting!