There’s nothing more frustrating than seeing a bit of paint chipped from your beautifully painted wall or car. Chipped paint often makes the surface ugly, and applying new paint without taking careful steps will just make matters worse. So before you put a hand on the brush and paint, take these steps instead to make sure that you’re doing the right thing, and not simply aggravating the chip on your surface:
1. Clean the chipped area.
Your chipped paint is just like a wound, so before repainting the area that has been scratched or chipped, clean the area first. There’s no use applying a new coat when you still have loose paint lying around the area, because this may cause further flaking and chipping in the future. Use a putty knife to flatten out the chipped paint and make sure that no loose paint is sticking out of the surface.
2. Remove rust and other particles that may prevent you from applying a new layer of paint.
Rust often prevents paint from holding to the surface. So, before applying a new layer of paint, make sure you have removed particles such as rust and dust from the surface.
3. Apply a spackling compound.
When applying new paint, you’ll notice that the newly-painted part is a bit lifted or higher than the rest of the surface. For this purpose the spackling compound was made, because it flattens the paint out and levels the paint so that the whole surface is flat. Use a putty knife when applying the spackling compound.
4. Sand the surface.
After applying the spackling compound, the next thing to do is sand the surface to make sure it is flat and to help make the paint hold. Start off with a very rough sandpaper to remove unwanted particles, and move on to a softer one to smooth out the surface. Don’t sand the surrounding part too much because you may end up chipping those parts as well.
5. Remove loose paint in other parts.
There’s no use repairing chipped paint in one area only to have some chip away in another. Remember, your painted surface acts as if it as just one big piece of paint over it, so a chip in another area can possibly become worse and affect other areas as well. If you repair one part, repair everything to ensure that your surface doesn’t chip anymore.
6. Apply a primer to the surface.
By applying a primer to the surface you’re readying the spackling compound for painting, so the paint sticks to the surface longer. Do this before applying paint and you’ll have an even wall that won’t chip in the near future.
After you’ve done everything, you can now start applying the paint on the chipped area. Use two coats for maximum security so that the paint won’t chip away anytime soon. After applying the paint, you may opt to apply finishing wax or polish to completely seal the paint in, preventing any damage in the future.