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How To Touch Up On Walls Ceilings Woodwork Paint With Flake

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But even on flat paint touched-up areas may show for many reasons, as you can see below. The original color on the walls has faded with time or from the sun (then even the same paint applied over it will look different). Only 1 coat of paint was originally applied (the touched up spots will look darker because they will build up the color).

You didn’t stir the old paint well enough (some ingredients may have settled on the bottom and now the color formula is not the same). In addition to these, you should know that some products (formulations) and some colors (especially deep base colors) are very difficult to touch up and there is nothing you can do about it.But it also depends on how picky you are about the final result – what’s a sloppy mess and unacceptable to one homeowner is a perfectly fine job to another.

But it doesn’t hurt to try, so here’s how to touch up paint the right way: 1. Just adding another coat of paint will not solve this problem and may even create another – the same dull spot but now with a paint buildup around it.

Your goal is to feather out the edges of a touch-up area, and you can always add more paint or apply a second coat if you need to. Then, apply the roller/brush right in the middle of the area that needs painting and work from the center out, trying to blend the new paint into the old one. Another key is to brush the doors and trim that were brushed, and roll those that were rolled, to match the existing texture.


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But flat doors might need to be repainted top to bottom – they are almost impossible to touch up invisibly because of the single plane (which doesn’t have any place to stop, and the glossy paint finish will show everything). Generally, a flat paint finish is the easiest to touch up, and the higher the paint sheen (the glossier the paint), the more difficult it is (if not impossible) to touch it up without leaving a visible spot. The leftover paint was not stored properly (some ingredients may have deteriorated and affected the color). The paint color for touch ups was matched (if you don’t know the original paint color name, you can never match it exactly and even the slightest difference will be obvious). Also keep in mind that low flat ceilings and side walls with a source of light at the end show touched up areas as blotchy spots with a different texture – because of that unfortunate lighting and viewing angle. Remember that you can’t sand them once they are painted, and will have to live with the rough/bumpy spots or start over if you forget or ignore this step. Another possibility is, the paint will soak into the patch and look like a dull blotch compared to the rest of the finish. Next, make sure you use the original application method – brushing for the areas that were originally painted with a brush, rolling for the areas where the paint was rolled on. For larger areas, you can use a standard size roller, but for smaller spots a mini-roller (4 1/2″ wide or smaller) is best. Also, do not load the brush or roller with paint – when doing touch-ups, less is more. The best technique is to cover the roller with paint, then run it on a grid to work the paint evenly into the nap and get rid of any excess (and of course, wipe off any excess paint when using a brush).

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Once the paint is dry, you may need to add a little more to any spots that were not covered well – for that, use a small blunt brush and pounce it on the spots to add some extra paint just where you need it (another coat with a roller may build up too much paint on the areas that don’t need it). For the most invisible results on doors, it’s better to repaint the entire plank or panel that has marks/scuffs (seam to seam or edge to edge – not just spot touch ups).

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Advised to reseal with a couple more coats every 6-12 months, which we plan on doing at the beginning of every summer season. One of the friends helping was a former professional boat detailer. Doing an entire paint job would be the true solution, but this is pretty darned good for the price. I just applied another 2 coats like the instructions recommend every 6 to 12 months. It will restore your finish very close to new, it is made to be used on older/oxidized finishes not new finishes. I tried all different waxes and even tried to use compound without success. Instead, it is a polish made of a water-based polymer with urethane fortification, to improve its longevity.

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It is a concentrate that must be dilluted 3 to 1 with water.

You may go right over your vinyl decals and graphics as well as metals. It is not a one time application but must should be reapplied once every 12 months. I spent a weekend with four friends sweating and laboring using the traditional wet sanding, buffing, and waxing it’s heavily oxidized finish. A number of the old fellows who sit around drinking coffee in the marina clubhouse swear that nothing should go on a boat except the most expensive and laborious traditional wax, preferably applied by a crew of of professionals. I did find that the more oxidized portions were thirsty as heck and took a lot of coats. If you get on a ladder and look down at the cap from the top you can see some color variation, but only when the light hits it a certain way. Now when we take her out of the water we just rinse and wipe and she looks like new!

Decal back to looking actually better than the day we brought it home.

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This page discusses standard paint ingredients and manufacturing methods .



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In contrast, a dye is completely soluble (dissolves) in water, and binds directly with the materials it contacts (though a mediating chemical called a mordant must often be present to make this bond happen). Pigments that are all three — finely divided, strongly tinting and expensive — are usually formulated with the largest proportion of vehicle and filler. These proportions are illustrative; specific recipes vary across paint brands and depend on the quality of pigments they use. Excessive amounts of brightener can impart a whitish or sparkly appearance to the dried paint, or can form a thin, whitish coating on top of dried paint applied as a juicy brush stroke. The most reliable method to assess paint formulations is the tinting test, which directly reveals the proportion and the quality of pigment used in the paint by dissolving it water or a large quantity of titanium dioxide. The binder carries the pigment particles as a viscous liquid so they can be applied with a brush; it binds the pigment to the watercolor paper; and it produces a brighter color by holding the pigment particles on the surface of the paper, rather than letting them be pulled by capillary action deep between the paper fibers. The binder usually determines the name of a medium — linseed oil for oil paints, acrylic polymer emulsion for acrylic paints, egg white or yolk for egg tempera. Gum senegal is considered superior but it is currently produced in limited quantities and is hard to identify by appearance alone.



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Gum arabic is sticky when wet and quite hard and transparent when dry — in that respect like household sugar — although pure gum arabic dissolves in water more slowly than ordinary sugar. Most art wholesalers and retailers sell dried gum as a powder or coarse grains, which are easier to dissolve in water. As is true with industrial pigment manufacture, watercolor and pastel manufacturers use only a tiny fraction of global gum arabic production. In response, some manufacturers have shifted to alternative binders.

You can usually examine the manufacturer’s pure vehicle in commercial paints such as cobalt violet, viridian or cadmium red that tend to separate from the vehicle in the tube; beads of excess vehicle sometimes extrude from the crimp at the end of the paint tube. However it can be dissolved again in water, even after it has completely dried. Oil or acrylic paints must be either scraped off or painted over once they have dried. Excess paint in the mixing well will dry to a hard, glassy block that is very difficult to redissolve. Watercolors made with a high proportion of gum binder also will bronze (appear darkened, shiny or leathery). Nowadays this is most often glycerin (glycerol), the trihydroxy form of alcohol. It also helps the gum arabic to dissolve in water more quickly, and inhibits hardening (drying out) of the paint in the tube.In paints it also acts as a mild binder and solvent or dispersant. So some other substance is necessary to retain water or act as a humectant. Like gum arabic, these sweet carbohydrates are hygroscopic — they tend to absorb and retain water from the atmosphere — which makes the paints considerably easier to redissolve once they have dried, and extends the life of the paint in the tube. Honey is more effective than corn syrup at retaining water (in fact, honey will crystallize but never dries out), but it is also roughly 14 times more expensive. Used in excess, the sugars will also attract insects or mold. These paints tend to lift (redissolve) too easily from the paper, which can lead to undesired blurring, bleeding or lifting of color areas when new paint is applied over or alongside them.



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Filler is also used to subdue intensely tinting pigments such as the phthalocyanines or quinacridones, or simply to reduce the proportion of costly pigment in the paint. The presence of dextrin is indicated by a “short” or stiff paint consistency: squeeze out a small amount of paint, then shear it off by scraping a palette knife against the edge of the tube nozzle. Poster paints, student paints and gouache usually contain much higher quantities of dextrin than professional grade watercolors. However, if too much dextrin is used, the paint will dry to a dull, matte finish and will be prone to flaking. Are paints that contain fillers inferior to paints that don’t?

But it’s also true that they are often used to cut product costs, and can degrade color appearance, producing a whitish, thin or bland color. The painter notices the presence of wetting agents in the paint because they reduce the time it takes the paint to dissolve, cause the paint to stain papers (especially absorbent papers) more readily, and make the paint diffuse aggressively or shoot outward when applied wet in wet. In any case, the paint manufacturer can’t remove them, so they get passed along to you. Although alcohol is not a standard watercolor ingredient, it is sometimes added by artists to improve the wetting action of washes or shorten the drying time in damp or cool conditions. For example, glycerin or ox gall can be added to paints in especially dry or hot weather conditions to delay the drying time and smooth the appearance of washes. This water mostly lost through evaporation during milling, but also after milling when the paint is left to sit and age or stabilize. Creating an effective watercolor vehicle is a complex balancing act. A very effective way to learn about paint manufacture is to mix up some paints yourself, by hand.Strain the solution through several layers of cheesecloth to remove impurities and sediment. Place in a plastic (squeezable) honey dispenser or squirt bottle and refrigerate until needed. Pour 1 t of vehicle solution into the hollow, and knead very slowly with the putty knife. Use a muller to break apart and grind the pigment aggregates. Add more vehicle or water as needed to counteract evaporation or adjust viscosity. Cover the mixture with cheese cloth and allow to stand, folding occasionally with the putty knife, until evaporation reduces it to the desired viscosity. Paint that dries rock hard, cracks or flakes, or has a glossy or bronzed finish on the paper contains too much gum arabic or not enough glycerin. Paint that dries on the paper with a dull, matte, whitish or flaky finish contains too much dextrin. Paint that appears dull and grainy was probably insufficiently mulled. If it is too thin, pour into a bowl, cover with cheesecloth, and allow excess water to evaporate. The main problem is that different pigments require different proportions of vehicle ingredients and different proportions of vehicle to pigment. All pigments can be classified according to two criteria: whether the pigments are (1) natural or synthetic, and (2) inorganic or organic. Natural pigments have been largely replaced by synthetic compounds of superior permanence, color and consistency. These comprise approximately 80% of world pigment manufacture. Most pigments show some alteration after long exposure to direct sunlight, but the change depends on the type of pigment. By contrast, the inorganic pigments either gray or darken under the effects of light, typically because of oxidation or a chemical reaction to impurities (such as sulfur) in the pigment. Synthetic organic paints were a major chemical innovation of the second half of the 19th century, but many of these first colorants are too impermanent for artistic use. Today, with very few exceptions, all commercial artists’ paints use synthetic pigments . To a large degree, the quality of the paint depends on the quality of the ingredients that go into it — most of all, on the quality of the pigments. Each source has its own perspective and professional traditions, and they sometimes disagree on specifics. The manufacturer then tweaks the exact proportions of this recipe from one pigment or paint color to the next, so that the texture and color of each pigment is put on best display and the differences in pigment dispersability, tinting strength or staining across the different paint colors are minimized. All professional quality tube and pan watercolors are made with pigments. The particle size and specific gravity of brighteners is usually similar to the pigment, so they do not separate from the pigment when the paint is mixed with water. They often can compromise the lightfastness or permanence of the color. A diluted solution of gum arabic can be applied as a varnish or top coat to dried paint to reduce surface scattering and give the paint a deeper, richer color. Watercolors are named instead for their solvent (water) and historically have used a variety of gums, starches or animal glues as binder. In raw form, gums are sometimes sold as yellow or brownish glassy beads or “tears,” about the size of lentils. The best gums have a pale honey color in solution, with very little or no visible sediment or residue. All gums are filtered before use in commercial paints, where they are have a darker color because they contain less water than the filtered solution. Gum has been widely used as an emulsifier or digestible coating in the soft drinks, processed foods, cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries. This has more than doubled the price of high quality gum arabic on world markets and created unpredictable variations in suppy. Very satisfactory watercolors can be formulated entirely of synthetic materials. These synthetic vehicles appear clear and completely colorless if they separate from the pigment in the tube. Gum arabic is a relatively weak binder, and will not adhere to or can be easily scraped off of most surfaces. This is why watercolors can be rewetted after they have dried on the palette, or blotted or lifted if they are rewetted on the paper, which allows the artist to manipulate the finished color. In fact, early 19th century watercolors, formulated with gum arabic only, were sold as small resinous bricks that had to be rubbed out each morning — laboriously dissolved by rubbing them on a shallow saucer or mixing cup containing a little water — before the paint could be used. To counteract these problems, the gum arabic is buffered with a carbohydrate plasticizer, usually 20% or less of vehicle volume. Glycerin reduces the native brittleness of the gum arabic and minimizes the cracking or chipping of dried paint. Paint manufacturers can also use methyl cellulose , the binder commonly used in pastels and chalks, as a plasticizer, because it is very flexible when dried. Since the middle 19th century paintmakers have softened watercolor paints with a carbohydrate moistener, either a sugar syrup (nowadays glucose, in the form of corn syrup) or honey . Humectants also extend the paint drying time so that washes can be manipulated more easily, and they may increase the staining effect of watercolors by prolonging the capillary action that pulls small pigment particles deep between the paper fibers. If too much honey is used in a paint, thick or concentrated paint layers will remain sticky after they dry, and may reabsorb moisture on humid days, damaging the painting. To counteract these problems, many watercolor paints are formulated with a colorless, inert filler added to thicken the paint and to make the various pigment and vehicle mixtures within a watercolor line of similar consistency. Dextrin also acts as a binder in combination with (or, in poster paints, in place of) gum arabic. If the paint on the knife has a clean, flat edge and retains a cylindrical shape, then it has a short consistency.Dextrin can also be used as an extender, to bulk out the paint and cut down on the amount of costly pigment used, especially in cobalt and cadmium paints. When this occurs a finely powdered, transparent filler (such as kaolin or china clay, calcium carbonate or gypsum) may be used as well. In some cases — pigments that are dark or intensely staining, or pigments that tend to darken and dull in heavy concentrations (such as the cadmiums) — the additives can enhance the handling attributes or color appearance of the paint. Most common is a dispersant or wetting agent that accelerates and improves the milling (wetting and mixing) of the pigment in the water based vehicle, much the same way as dishwashing soap divides and dissolves greasy dirt. Ox gall (the yellowish extract of dried bovine gall bladders) was and still is commonly used for this purpose, but synthetic surfactants are sometimes used instead. They can improve the consistency or handling of finished watercolor paints, or can accelerate the separation of pigment and vehicle in the tube or the degredation of the pigment color, especially after the paint has spent many months or years hanging undisturbed in a retail rack. Finally, tube paints contain about 15% by volume of water — the miraculous substance that gives life to you and unpredictable energy to your watercolors. Paints are manufactured with excess water in the vehicle, as this reduces the viscosity of the vehicle and decreases the amount of time (labor) and electrical energy necessary to mill the paint. Some pigments or fillers absorb water very slowly, causing them to expand: these are the paints that “explode” or squirt from the tube when it is first opened, because they were not aged adequately before packaging. Each ingredient contributes its own benefits and drawbacks to the formulation of the paint, and the best formulations are based on considerable manufacturing experience and consistently maintained quality controls. Heat 2 parts distilled water to a boil, remove from heat, and slowly pour over gum arabic, stirring to mix. Cover with cheesecloth and let stand for one day, stirring occasionally. Keep remaining gum arabic, plasticizer and dextrin in separate containers, to adjust paint mixture as needed. Use the back of the measuring spoon to make a hollow in the center of the pile. As needed, add more gum arabic solution or distilled water (with the atomizer) until pigment is completely dissolved as a creamy paste.

You cannot overwork the paint; usually 1 hour of steady mulling is minimally sufficient. Add 1 t or less of dextrin, as desired, to smooth and thicken the paint consistency. Use the putty knife to shovel the paint into empty paint tubes, small glass jars or plastic whole pans. Paint that does not adhere to paper contains too much pigment or was made with too much water and not enough gum arabic. Paint that remains sticky or gummy after it dries on the glass contains too much humectant. Paint that shoots wildly wet in wet contains too much dispersant. Test the paint by (1) brushing out on blank watercolor paper, using both wet in wet and wet in dry applications, and (2) leaving a large drop to dry on the glass sheet. It is worthwhile to try this recipe to see how much manual labor and fine tuning of ingredients is necessary to produce a decent watercolor paint. Inorganic means that the pigment is a mineral compound, typically an oxide or sulfide of one or more metal or rare earth elements; organic means that the pigment is a molecule of carbon in combination primarily with hydrogen, nitrogen or oxygen. With a few exceptions, natural inorganic pigments are no longer used, primarily because they are uneconomical to extract and do not produce adequate color consistency. With very few exceptions, natural organic pigments are no longer used, primarily because they are not adequately lightfast. As a rule, the organic pigments dull and fade under prolonged light exposure, and some disappear entirely; the modern synthetic organic pigments are generally much more durable than the natural organic pigments. Nearly all natural organic pigments (with the exception of carbon blacks) are chemically unstable and deteriorate when used as pigments. Modern synthetic pigments, almost all developed in the 20th century, are far more durable and provide the most intense and varied colors. The development of synthetic inorganic pigments was perhaps the major technical advance in painting during the early 19th century, and has evolved since then into an amazing array of durable, brilliant colorants of every hue.

You may also want to check out this interesting web site on pigments in paintings. These companies make and sell pigments in bulk: as powders or fine grains, compressed into dry cakes (presscakes), or as water based pastes or liquid dispersions — especially used for pigments with low dispersability or that would irreversibly clump if packaged in dry form.All modern colorants, no matter where you buy them or how much you pay for them, are synthetic compounds made from a variety of basic ingredients, including recycled industrial wastes.

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I don’t want every piece of furniture in my house being distressed. I just simply would never, ever skip these steps just to save a few hours of time. For the best durability oil based paint is the prefered but a lot of progress has been made with water base latex. And you can lightly tint the poly with paint or water based stains. I see is a wood stain… thanks all, i’m new to all this!

I always considered using in the first place) using latex, etc., as well as the prepping just makes sense!

Currently painting the five drawers of a chest with chalk paint and making a mess of it.

You get a beautifully rich looking piece of furniture. I am strangely addicted to collecting paint ( if there’s ever a scenario where the world is wiped clean of paint come find me, lol. Those last two are best to achieve the professional outcomes of oil without the mess and horrible smells!

I also wonder at the number of these pieces that are sold alongside pristine antique pieces.

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I don’t think the author should have even bothered with all the “my opinion” disclaimers. The best reason for reading this article really is to seek knowledge!

I always understood it, when you distress a piece of furniture, you’re supposed to approach it from the point of view of where the piece would have been touched by years of love and use. There is no implication of age and use and care of a piece, it just looks arbitrary. The brush strokes were not only very visible, but added a texture to the surface. Water based polyurethane clear coats greatly improves duribility. If you’re staining, make sure to get stainable filler or you may be able to purchase a putty that’s already stained to match. I wax it, and maybe apply a coat of poly n the top, if a dresser. I go into other store/shops and can’t believe people are buying poor quality painted pieces and calling it shabby chic. If you want the shabby chic look, you can then sand the corners and edges. To me chalk paint sounds like cheap paint at an overly inflated price. Kristi’s article is interesting and informative to someone who “had no idea” as are the comments. Destressing and chipping furniture takes a lot more time of work!

I love the matte look of the chalk paint but have doubted the endurance of the finished product.

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In my mind, these two are not on an equal level but that is another story. Like most styles that were once unique, it has been overused. It just seems ignorant to me to claim it as an opinion but throw slander on to the person who enjoys the look of chalk paint. On the corners, on the areas around drawer pulls, on the high spots of carvings and moldings. I see called distressed these days is more like traumatized, and it hurts my eyes to see it. The whole point of distressing a piece is to make it look aged, and so many miss the mark these days.

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