Does Patching Drywall Ruin Your Paint Job?

Posted on Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Does Patching Drywall Ruin Your Paint Job?

Protecting Your Paint Job

Whether you're in a home or commercial building, drywall is likely part of the equation. This inexpensive, easily-painted, and fire-resistant material has been a staple of American construction for about a century. Useful as drywall may be, though, it can take a beating fairly easily. Fortunately, repairing drywall is often simple, especially if the damage is minor and isolated.

Still, even if you can patch your drywall without much ado, you might worry about how it will affect your wall's paint job. Does patching drywall simply ruin your paint job, thereby creating an additional problem? Not necessarily. Here are some tips for patching drywall without messing up your commercial interior painting investment.

How to Properly Patch Drywall

Sand it Down

After patching or repairing the damaged section of drywall, you want to make sure the patched area is flush with the rest of the wall. Otherwise, no amount of commercial painting will be able to hide the resulting bumpy texture. Using a sander on the compound should do the trick. Be gentle, though, as you don't want to damage the patch job itself. Run your hand along the wall and patch to feel if you've gotten rid of all protrusions. Then you can start the painting process.

Don't Forget the Primer

Start with an initial coat of primer and let it dry for the required time, just as your painting services would when painting your interior space. Neglecting this step can result in an obvious difference in color and texture between the patched area and the rest of the wall.

Keep Note of the Paint You Use and How it was Applied

Whenever you hire painters or do it yourself, it's a smart move to take stock of the exact type of paint used for each area (brand, color, sheen, etc.). This will allow you to precisely match the patched area with the rest of the surface, saving you the guesswork and hassle of color matching.

The easiest way to do this is by saving and properly storing any remaining paint from a previous job. You never know when you'll need it for a touch up or repair. In the event that you use up all your paint or you can't salvage the paint you saved, you should have the type of paint you used written down somewhere for reference. This way, you can at least purchase the proper paint and save some time.

If possible, try to keep track of the application method you used when painting the surface – i.e. brush, roller, or spray – since different applications result in slightly different appearances and textures. While matching your applicator isn't as crucial as matching your paint type, it still makes a difference if you want your touch-up to look as seamless as possible.

Find a Reliable Painting Service

If you're really concerned about ruining your paint job when repairing your drywall, contact professional painters with plenty of experience in these scenarios. Better yet, find a contractor who can perform drywall repairs and other maintenance services in addition to commercial painting. This way, you can have peace of mind that the job gets done right from start to finish.

Patching your drywall does not mean sacrificing your perfect paint job. It simply means you must take extra care when patching and painting. If you lack confidence in these matters, the painting and maintenance professionals at Kaloutas can help. To learn more about us and all that we do, contact us here and give us a call at 978-532-1414.

Kaloutas is New England's premier contractor for commercial & industrial painting, flooring, and related services. Established in 1987, Kaloutas has become a trusted resource for general contractors, facilities managers, and building owners from Connecticut to Maine. Our team prides itself on high quality workmanship, jobs done on time & budget, and tackling complex projects that other contractors don't have the experience or resources to handle. Contact us today for a painting or flooring estimate, or give us a call at 978-532-1414 to learn more.

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