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How to Repair Paint Chip on Walls

Updated April 17, 2017

Having walls in your home that have chipped paint may take less effort than you think to fix. Repairing the walls that are chipping will take more time preparing than the actual painting. Preparing the walls properly before starting to paint is the most important step in fixing the problem for good and having a durable and long-lasting finish.

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  1. Scrape the area of the chipped paint with a putty knife. To avoid gouging the wall make sure you keep the knife blade flush to the wall. Use a small brush to wipe away the chippings from the wall.

  2. Scour the area with a 100-grit sandpaper until the chips are gone and the wall is smooth to the touch.

  3. Wipe a clean tack cloth over the entire area to remove dust and debris from the area.

  4. Spray primer on the wall in the area where you have done the repairs. Use sweeping left-to-right motions to avoid runs on the wall.

  5. Open the paint can with a paint can opener and stir it with the wooden stirrer. Pour the paint into the paint tray.

  6. Add the matching coloured paint to the wall using a 4-to-6-inch paintbrush. Feather the colour into the already painted section around the area to blend the colours. Let the paint dry for the recommended time suggested on the paint can.

  7. Apply a second coat to the repaired area on the wall if needed. The area of repair should match the rest of the wall in colour and texture. The second coat should be applied the same way as the initial coat. Allow the second coat to dry.

  8. Review the wall in 24 hours to make sure it is dry and matches the rest of the wall before hanging pictures or shelving in the area in which you have repaired.

  9. Tip

    Wear a dust mask when repairing the wall. This will protect you from the dust and fumes.

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Things You'll Need

  • Dust mask
  • Putty knife
  • Small brush
  • 100-grit sandpaper
  • Tack cloth
  • Spray primer
  • Paint (Matching colour)
  • Metal paint can opener
  • Wooden stir stick
  • Paint tray
  • Paint brushes (Various sizes)
  • Cleaning rags (optional)

About the Author

Larry Pishko began writing for "The Herald Standard" and "How You Spin It" newspapers and has painted since 1980. Pishko has attended AIU (American Intercontinental University) and received his associate's degree in liberal arts and is currently enrolled at Penn State University to achieve his master's degree in journalism.

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