How to Fix Paint Chips on Walls

Paint chips on walls

Store leftover paint appropriately to make touch-ups easier. From small scuffs and scratches to larger dents, following this process can turn these eyesores into part of the wall’s natural texture rather than eyesores.

Start with a clean surface and an efficient spackling compound, and once dry sand to match the rest of the wall and restore its look of smoothness.

Steps to Fix Paint Chips on Walls

Remove the Chips

Even when using high quality paint and surface preparation techniques, wall paint can still chip or peel over time. While this is normal for painting projects, it can be both disconcerting and frustrating for you and your guests. Luckily, there are quick and simple steps you can take to quickly eliminate these chips so your walls look their best again.

Start by scraping away any loose or peeling paint. A heat gun or steamer may help soften it for easier removal; be sure to wear protective gloves when using either of these methods, and don’t forget your dust mask for safety! Once all of the paint has been removed, wipe down the area using a damp sponge in order to eliminate any remaining dust or dirt particles.

Now is the time to fill in the area with joint compound or spackle. When applying a thin layer, use a putty knife to spread it out over the damaged area evenly and smooth out any shiny spots with your putty knife before using sandpaper to smooth down once dry. Once this process has completed, sand it down so it blends with surrounding areas seamlessly.

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Sanding is an integral step when painting walls. Failing to sand properly could result in uneven surfaces that make cleaning or painting harder than expected.

Small dings and nail holes will usually come out when you sand, but for optimal results it’s always good to strive to match as closely to the original color as possible. Try matching up paint samples from home with those purchased in stores to achieve an exact match.

Once your sanding and compound application are complete, painting can begin. When choosing exterior paint for your home, select high quality exterior paint. If unsure which kind is appropriate for you or if unsure which to purchase first, consult the professionals at your local home improvement store who can guide your selection process and ensure proper installation of it.

Sand the Area

If your wall has paint chips, the first step should be sanding the area surrounding them to smooth any rough edges and ensure any touch-up paint sits more evenly on the surface. After this step is completed, wipe down the area using sugar soap and water solution to clear away any dirt build-up and restore its appearance.

If you plan to sand, wear a mask if there is plaster underneath the paint layer – this will protect you from inhaling potentially hazardous particles, as well as oversanding too much and ruining its aesthetics.

Ready Patch, designed specifically to repair paint chips on walls, is an inexpensive, water-cleanable, quick drying product designed specifically for paint chip repairs on walls. Additionally, it can be mixed with small amounts of paint to make tinted primers that help conceal repairs; or larger chips may require filling with plastic filler which should then be sanded smooth with 120-180-grit sandpaper when dry.

Depending on the size and depth of the chip, you may require sanding an entire section of wall with chips in order to create a flat surface and ensure your new touch-up paint will adhere.

Unless you sand, your paint will contain sharp edges that stand out more than other areas on the wall, not to mention that it won’t last as long and may chip again over time.

Once your sanding is complete, it is time to prime the area. Priming can be done either with a brush or spray can. When using spray cans be sure to follow all manufacturer’s instructions so your paint adheres securely.

Once your primer has set, it is time to apply the final coat of paint. Choose a hue that complements your existing wall color and apply in similar fashion; be mindful not to overspray as this could result in runs and splotches.

Apply Primer

Before applying a fresh coat of paint to a chipped spot, applying a layer of primer is advised for optimal results. Primers blend in seamlessly with wall colors while simultaneously increasing paint adhesion; select one that complements your selected hue and carefully mix it before application – this ensures all pigments and binders have been mixed evenly for best results and eliminate any leftover or unmixed materials from within the can.

primer paint chips

If using drywall patching compound, allow it to dry according to manufacturer’s directions before sanding with 120-grit sandpaper for smoothness and to blend it in with the rest of the wall surface. Now apply an interior grade latex primer over this patched spot, thoroughly mixing as before for maximum pigment coverage and consistency.

While some homeowners skip this step when painting over new or porous surfaces, you should never forgoing primer as part of their painting routine. Primers are specially designed to adhere to surfaces and form an adhesive binding layer for paint to adhere onto. They also cover any stains or imperfections so the final product looks uniform regardless of what color you paint it in. There are various kinds of primers ranging from oil-based, latex and shellac; oil-based options usually provide greater coverage while taking longer to dry and emitting volatile organic compounds (VOCs).


Frustration can set in quickly when fresh paint begins to chip, but don’t settle for having unblemished walls; take the time and effort to repair any damage so that you can enjoy a long-term and beautiful finish – whether that means redoing an entire room or simply touching up spots of wear – quickly and simply.

Before painting, use a putty knife to scrape away any loose or chipped bits of paint, then sand that area with fine-grit sandpaper until the surface is even and smooth. This step ensures primer and new paint adhere properly and reduces chances of peeling in the future.

Once the area is finished sanding, use a damp cloth to clean it thoroughly and remove any impurities that could interfere with your work. Degreasers or chemical strippers may be used, if necessary; but ensure you wear protective glasses and wear a dust mask for your own safety against harmful particles.

paint chips on wall

Finalize the repair job by priming and painting. Select a paint that perfectly complements both color and sheen of your existing wall; or bring in a sample from another room if possible; otherwise take your paint chip to any local hardware store where employees will match it with a spectrophotometer to provide an exact match and tell you about sheen levels as well.

Ideally, when painting small patches of wall, choosing the same hue as its surroundings will create an effective aesthetic. When redoing entire rooms however, choosing something different from what currently exists might help ensure the new paint doesn’t clash with any existing hues on the walls.

Remember, when planning to change the color of your walls, to give the plaster and paint time to settle before making changes. Otherwise, new paint could begin chipping or flaking immediately upon application.

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