I primed and applied two coats of a nice blue Ben Moore eggshell latex to
some walls. Subsequently I noticed some spots that needed a little touch-up.
No problem, plenty of paint left. So I got out a brush and painted over a
few spots. I was quite surprised when that dried, to find that the
touched-up spots came out significantly paler than everywhere else.Asked
back at the friendly paint store, where I was told that "oh yes, eggshell
always does that. You can't touch up an eggshell finish -- you can only
repaint the whole wall". He seemed surprised I didn't know that. Well I had
no idea, and I've never had this kind of problem before.
So, is that correct, and if so is there no other recourse? Is it worth
trying with a roller (on the grounds that that's how the first two coats
were applied)? I don't want to make it any worse. And, if is it correct,
what's the "true" color of the paint -- the original, which I rather liked,
or the conspicuous lighter spots, which I don't like as well?
Any observations welcome,
I agree. I use mostly semi-gloss outside and
inside but my walls are textured. I have touched
up yellow after several years (woodgrain,
pressboard siding) and couldn't tell the touch up
from the rest. Last fall I touched up some bad
areas of gray and you couldn't tell where I added
paint. I use a brush on outside work.
Inside my walls are a heavy knock-down, so that
helps and we use mostly light colors but one
bedroom is blue. No one can tell where I have
added paint on either the walls or the trim.
No, that's ridiculous. What surprises me is the crap some of these supposed
experts will say. You can, in fact, touch up eggshell paint, although some
care is required. It is the sheen, not the color, that can cause problems.
Brush marks look different from roller, so you must either use a mini roller
to touch up, or "dab" the paint on with the the "pointy" end of the
bristles. It sounds like your paint was not completely mixed, or you got
some of the white base (perhaps around the lid) mixed in with the paint, or
the paint was not colored properly to begin with for all gallons. If you
have more than one gallon, try some paint from the other gallon.
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