When you have dozens of coats of paint on trim and woodwork, touching up paint is not always as simple as grabbing a brush and going to town. When old paint chips off, you’re likely left with a crater in the surface.
The layers of paint that have built up over the years have made the surface thicker than it originally was and when the paint chips, you are left with what looks like pock marks. So, how do you fix chipped paint?
Simply touching up the paint hides the color difference, but does nothing to hide the big hole in the surface of the paint. You have to level out the surface and I’ll show you how right here with one of my favorite products, MH Ready Patch.
Ready Patch works just like spackle, but is intended for use patching wood and other materials instead of drywall like regular spackle. It is inexpensive, needs easy water clean up, and dries pretty quickly.
Whether it’s baseboards, casings, doors, or windows, this patch works great for any piece of trim with caked on paint. It’s by far the simplest way to fix chipped paint.
Step 1 Fill Surface
Using a putty knife, scoop out some Ready Patch and smooth it over the surface of the crater left by the chipped paint. Work it in several directions to fill any nooks and crannies.
Also, make sure to overfill the area a little so that when you’re ready to sand, you can sand it down to a completely level surface. Don’t go crazy, but leave the spackle a little proud of the surface.
Step 2 Sand Smooth
Ready Patch will be ready for sanding in anywhere from just a few minutes for small patches to an hour or more for very large patches. You’ll notice the color changes from a grayish to bright white once it’s dry
Once the patch is completely dry, then sand it smooth using 120-180 grit sandpaper until everything is smooth and level.
Touch up the patch with a little bit of oil or latex primer, and then you’re ready to re-paint the surface. And this time, the finished product will blend in perfectly with the surrounding trim or woodwork.
One coat of primer and one coat of paint later and I’d challenge you even know there was a repair done at all. Simple tips like this can make your next paint job go from good to great!
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