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    Painting mistake

    Painters & Decorators

    I've painted a wall with dulux one coat, it came out ok but then I changed the light switches and needed to repaint around the switches but unfourtantly it's now left a huge paint patch where I've painted and can be see in various light, do I need to 're paint the whole wall to make it look good again?

    Asked by Joanne on 5th May 2021
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    Ola Decorator & maintenance

    Unfortunately you will have to do this all over again, better still, do it twice ( 2 coats) with this, it can cover all patches well and look great. Just take your time to get it right .

    Hope this helps"

    Answered on 5th May 2021 - Member since Feb 2021 - report


    I'd sand down around the switch to blend in any uneven surfaces, then with the switch hanging out use the same roller you've been using to paint the wall and blend over I bigger area"

    Answered on 5th May 2021 - Member since Jan 2021 - report
    Godolphin construction ltd

    "If you sanded where the paths are and then repaint there. Hopefully it will not look different. Thanks"

    Answered on 5th May 2021 - Member since Aug 2020 - report
    Stickers decorators

    "Some paint is very difficult to touch up, you need to do the whole wall again, the wall must be dry all at a time"

    Answered on 5th May 2021 - Member since Feb 2020 - report
    JS Carpentry and Painting

    "If you have recently painted the whole wall with Dulux, it would not spoil it just to add paint around the light switch. If your not happy with the finish, just add another coat to be sure."

    Answered on 7th May 2021 - Member since Oct 2019 - report
    Au Faix

    "It’s best to paint the wall again as the paint has flashed. It will keep doing this so it’s easier to redo the wall"

    Answered on 5th May 2021 - Member since Apr 2021 - report
    Hamiltons decorating service

    "Hello, what you can see under different lighting conditions, is where the paint finish is a little patchy or hasn't been properly feathered in or rolled out after cutting around the light switch. Unfortunately, even though the paint is branded as one coat. 2 coats or more will ensure a nice uniform flat finish. I would give the whole wall a light sanding with some, hundred and twenty grit sand paper. Clean the wall before giving it a second coat. Remove your light switch before you do this and make sure when your cutting in around the switches, sockets and edging you feather the paint into the wall or roll it out with a mini roller, making sure there are drips or brush marks so that when you roll out the wall's it leaves a smooth even texture. Hope that helps."

    Answered on 26th May 2021 - Member since Oct 2020 - report

    "Yes if the paint is flashing threw and the light switches stand out then the wall will need a secondary coat to match the amount applied around switches"

    Answered on 13th Jun 2021 - Member since Jun 2021 - report
    J & J Painting Services

    "Yes you need to repaint the whole wall so then it will all be the same and you won’t see different tones like you are experiencing now kind regards Jamie Painter and Decorator"

    Answered on 26th May 2021 - Member since Mar 2021 - report
    innovative jobs

    "No, you just need to do proper preparation around the switches. just sand around them properly and do the paint with a brush gently"

    Answered on 17th May 2021 - Member since Nov 2020 - report

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