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So, you fixed the hole in the wall and it’s all patched up and perfect. Now you have to protect and hide the repair with paint, and make it match the old color. You could paint the whole wall, or follow the advice one member got from the forum and blend the fix in.

Original Post: Do I need to prime my repair?

toedraghockey82 Member

So I repaired a hole in my drywall. Everything smooth as usual, sanded down nicely etc... Then I went to paint and did not have primer left so I took the lazy man’s way out and used latex flat linen white (which is the color of the wall) as the "prime" and painted 3 coats all together. Now the repaired area obviously looks smooth, which I know is normal, but the color over the area stands out a decent amount. Does fixing this require a re-spackle, sand, prime, paint or more coats of the linen white? One more thing, could it be the texture making it stand out?

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XSleeper Member

It’s likely partially the texture. Years of roller texture vs. no texture. Many paints don't touch up well either because of the sheen differences--to get repairs to really disappear you sometimes have to reroll the whole wall.

mitch17 Group Moderator

I usually prime repairs to keep different absorption of the paint by the joint compound from showing up, but you have enough coats on the spot that shouldn't be an issue. I believe it is the texture difference you're seeing now. Was the wall textured at all or just roller stipple?

toedraghockey82 Member

Just roller not textured at all. Should I add texture somehow and repaint 1 more coat?

marksr Forum Topic Moderator

I assume it took multiple coats of rolled on paint to give the “texture.” One quick easy way to duplicate the texture is to thin down some joint compound to about paint consistency and then pat it on over the repair with a sponge. Once the texture is similar to the rest of the wall, the repair will be less noticeable--if done perfectly, it will be invisible.

If you must prime with the finish paint it's best to thin it about 10 percent with water. Just thin a small amount, as you don't want the finish coat to be thinned. The older the paint job is, the harder it is for the color to match. The paint on the wall will change color slightly over time due to UV rays and air pollution or any other basic wear and tear.

toedraghockey82 Member

Thanks, Mark. I appreciate the responses!

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