Help! I patched and painted a wall and can see every mistake

Updated: 2013-02-17T02:43:19Z


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Q. I just completed a paint redo in the guest bedroom. Although I used a paint with a primer included, every place that was patched, such as cracks and picture holes, looks different. Different how? When looking straight on, there is no change. But when you look at the wall at an angle, you know where every patch is done. It almost looks like I used a flat paint there. The walls were completely smooth before applying the paint. Why? And what can I do to fix it?

A. There’s been a lot of hype lately about products that are “paint and primer all in one.” In my opinion, one should use a primer where needed, then a paint over it. Really good paints don’t generally make good primers. But, like anything else, there are exceptions to that rule.

When painting walls, the repaired areas should be primed before they are painted. The joint compound or spackle will typically “soak up” that primer coat. If you are using an all-in-one product, then the repaired areas should be primed with that product. Once the repaired areas have their primer coat and that coat has dried, you can then apply the finish coats. I recommend applying two finish coats to walls. Even with paints that boast “one-coat coverage,” two coats are usually needed to achieve both an even color coat and an even sheen.

To fix your problem, it may be as simple as applying another coat to the walls. For a little extra insurance, you may as well just brush or roll a light coat over the repaired areas. Apply the primer the same way you will apply your finish coat. Be sure you let it dry before painting over it.

Good luck with your project!

Bill Ruisinger is owner of Paint Pro Inc. of Overland Park.

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