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Don't Use that Old Paint for Touch Ups!

STOP!! Don't use that paint!!

When you're getting your house ready to go on the market, and any time you need to do touch ups, don't use the paint you currently have sitting in your garage.  That paint is not going to match your walls anymore, and you're going to end up making your walls spotted, and it will be very noticable. 

touch up paint homes for sale austin txSee, the builder gives some extra paint when you buy a brand new house. What most people don't realize is that the paint in that can is really only good for about 3-4 months.  It's meant for you to use once you move in and oops, the tv scraped the wall or the bed brushed a corner going down the hall. You use the paint to touch up and make the house new again.

However, after a few months, and especially years later, the paint on the walls won't match the paint in the can because the lighting in your house will change the color on the walls, but the color in the can will remain the same, as long as you shake it up vigorously.

How do you touch up your walls with matching paint? You take a sample of the wall color to the paint store and they match it for you.  You take your sample from under a window ledge or by an outlet where someone won't notice you removed it when you touch that area up also.  The sample needs to be about the size of a quarter in order for the machines to do their analysis of the paint.

Remember, since that paint will also not match in a few months, don't get a lot of it, unless you have a lot of touch ups. Typical touch ups should be able to be covered by a small pint.  Now your house won't look like a leopard!!

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Comment balloon 10 commentsDonna Harris • October 26 2012 10:03AM


Donna, I wish you'd come up here and tell clients this!

We constantly have to let folks know that the paint on the walls (inside or out) is not the same color as what's in the can.  Oftentimes folks insist it worked for them previously, and probably did when it was only 3-4 months old like you say!

We end up promoting painting from corner to corner on an interior wall that needs "touch up".  The color will be close enough, and the change in angle on the walls gives the paint a different color look anyway.  Most folks are pretty agreeable to that plan, and it looks so much better than an obvious "touch up".

So glad you are telling your clients this!

Posted by Jeremy Wrenn, C.O.O., Winslow Homes (Winslow Homes) over 6 years ago

Donna: Good advice. Hopefully folks will take your advice and instruction. A sample and a trip to the paint store will save time and will make a touch up an easy fix.

Posted by Carl Winters over 6 years ago


Your tip is right on the mark, I can't tell how many times I've walked into a home that has spots on the walls.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 6 years ago

Good advice Donna.   Unless someone is looking for that leopard house. 

Posted by Jim Patton, Realtor - Stanislaus & Merced county Realtor. (Century 21 M&M - 209-404-0816) over 6 years ago

Good Morning Donna, great advice.  We have paint stored as well.  I can always use it for something besides touch ups.

Posted by Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School, Rowlett Real Estate School / Owner and Instructor (REcampus Fully Accredited Florida ONLINE & Classroom Training in Destin, Pensacola Florida) over 6 years ago

Wonderful advice Donna!  This is something I wouldn't have thougth of.  I love your new profile picture too.  You look great!  

Posted by Amanda Christiansen, Christiansen Group Realty (Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843) over 6 years ago

All one has to do is avoid the "touch-up".

The only safe thing to do is paint the entire wall.  You'll probably have to buy additional paint for that.

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 6 years ago

Jeremy, It's not always telling people, it's about the people listening and believe what you say as I've still had clients use their old paint only to bite my tongue not saying, "I told ya so..."

Carl, Exactly!

Lou, And they look half-arse, right?

Jim, Very true...

Captain Wayne, Like painting a bird house...

Jared, Thanks!

Lenn, But it's hard to convince someone to paint an entire wall when the touch-up is a 2 inch mark on the wall from where a chair hit it or something. Huge mess up can't handle a touch-up.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 6 years ago

Donna-Good to know on the time frame for paint's longevity re color. I did not realize the change occurred so quickly. Thanks.

Posted by Wayne Johnson, San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale (Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORSĀ®) over 6 years ago

Donna, this is a very practical tip that many people are not aware of. They are shocked when entire walls have to be painted vs. just a dab here and a dab there.


Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) over 6 years ago