How to Make Your Walls Look New Again

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Make your walls look like new again. My Fix It Up Life Show has a couple of painting tips to get you started. No longer will you look at walls filled with greasy fingerprints or crayon!
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Do you have any trouble spots on your walls? How did you deal with them? Let us know. 


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Petra R. from Stockbridge, GA on 07/27/2010 at 12:09 PM MT
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This might be a good idea for small areas, but we have scuff marks in our two-story high entrance area. I was hoping for a tip how to fix that without having to paint the whole wall.
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Glenn M. from Spotsylvania, VA on 08/09/2010 at 11:27 PM MT
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If the area is small, painting the whole wall is best. Petra R's situation is different, as is touching up around a removed fixture or other small area on a large wall. Also, if the paint job is old, the color may not match a fresh coat of the original paint or a color matched paint may not be an exact match. You can usually avoid having to repaint the entire wall by creating a "gradient" to blend the colors so there is not a sharp edge of non-matching color. Paint the area that needs covering. Then blend the edge by extending over the unpainted surface with random strokes that get lighter as you move away from the touchup. The random strokes act like camouflage so that you don't see well defined edges. Applying less and less paint as you move away from the touchup blends the new color and the old. The transition area typically needs to be several feet. This method works great in areas where your attention is not drawn, like a ceiling or portion of a wall that is not the focus of attention. The more conspicuous the area, the better color match and more thorough a transition you need.
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Glenn M. from Spotsylvania, VA on 08/09/2010 at 11:41 PM MT
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If the scuffs are paint abraded away, repainting will be required. However, if they are stains on top of the paint, they can often be removed without repainting. Try a "Magic Eraser" or a sponge or rag with a little soapy water. If the first few strokes don't lighten the scuff, try something else because you will end up removing the paint layer to get the scuff off this way. If it does lighten the scuff, let the area thoroughly dry and then do it again. Repeat until the scuff is gone. Doing a little at a time and letting the wall dry is important because the paint will absorb the water and soften. When it does, the slightest rubbing will remove the whole paint layer.
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Richard B. from New york, NY on 11/19/2010 at 11:36 AM MT
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yes touhing up a spot will never blend in you must paint corner to corner, make sure you wipe as much excess caulking from the corner the bead shouldn't exceed 1/8 of an inch . Sometimes problems occur when there's a dark color trying to cover the caulking it will separate, make sure its painters caulk that doesn;t have silicon in it some products blend it with that in it
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Angela W. from Durham, NC on 05/09/2011 at 06:54 PM MT
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Hey there! Magic Eraser works awesome in a lot of places too! Try it!
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gwendolyn w. from Upper marlboro, MD on 07/03/2014 at 02:35 PM MT
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A MAGIC ERASER DOES THE JOB.
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