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Satin paints for walls: Learn how to touch up washable paint

Satin paints for walls: Learn how to touch up washable paint

Does painting with satin finish paint accept touch-ups?

The world of painting has evolved a lot with the arrival of the internet for everyone. People have access to information in a matter of seconds... And this is very good for obtaining the theory and history of the painter's profession.

However, it is a fact, there are still immeasurable doubts among more modern painters, and how to make small repairs to the wall with spackle, is one of them?

Yes. How to touch up satin paint is a recurring question among painters, beginners and even professionals!

Are you a painter? Would you know how retouching is done on satin paint or silk finish?

Well then! When dealing with painting with acrylic paint of the standard or premium category and whose finish is satin or silk, it is somewhat complicated to touch up the most common defects since the satin paint does not accept repairs.

Particularly, I have seen cases of inexperienced painters who, due to lack of practice or technical knowledge to work with silk or satin finish paints, put all the painting and material to waste, due to the appearance of stains in the mass repairs or even marks of brushes and roller on the wall!

However, I want to say that there is a right way to repair a satin paint or silk finish.

But of course, the correct way to make small touches on the satin painting without losing what has already been painted and still maintaining the quality of the service, few painters dominate this methodology.

Perhaps on your journey as a painter, you don't know why your painting has been left with marks or stains from retouching (whitish marks on the walls), but today, I explain to you in a few words how to make these blessed small repairs to the satin painting without leaving marks in finishing. So, prepare your brush and paint right away, the tips are from painter to painter!

How to touch up satin paint or silk finish?

The first thing to do to get a better satin paint finish is to apply putty. The big secret for not staining the paintwork is, never apply only PVA spackle on satin paint touch-ups.

If you are going to make repairs to painting with satin paint, give preference to acrylic putty, apply uniform layers and aligned with the surface (wall) and always do a fine sanding with sandpaper with a grit from 220 to 600.

But if you're not very good with acrylic putty and find sanding this product hard, then, in this case, the second option is to use a mixture of spackling putty and acrylic. To do so, it's very simple: the spackle must be mixed together with the acrylic mass, in a 2x1 ratio (2 measures of pva spackle and 1 measure of acrylic mass).


To mix spackle and acrylic, just follow these steps:
  1. Mix the pva putty and the acrylic putty well until you get a homogeneous paste, then make applications for touch-ups.
  2. Apply the mass normally with the aid of a spatula and a steel trowel.


Sanding the putty mix applied in wall repairs is one of the crucial procedures to obtain a perfect finish. 

So, remembering the sanding process in a very fine finish:

  1. First, sand the putty mix with 180-grit sandpaper until the surface smoothness is defined. Then finish with 220 and 400 grit sandpaper.
  2. Clean the dust generated by sanding the putty that was sanded and that's it.


There are some modern painters who have no idea what mass burning is, and for that reason it is already explained in the title above as touch-up painting.

The recommendations for firing the putty or touching up paint are as follows:
  1. With a roller and brush, apply 3 coats of paint in the color of the final finish only when touching up, always respecting the time intervals (according to the manufacturer's instructions for use or between 4 and 4 hours).
  2. Lightly sand between coats of paint applied in the retouches with P400 water sandpaper to break the orange peel or eggshell effect. 
  3. Finally, don't forget to clean the dust generated by sanding before painting ok!


Evidently, there's no point in having all that work if you don't know how to make cutouts in painting with satin paint or silk finish, correct? So, below are the steps on how to make the cutouts in satin painting:
  1. To cut out the satin painting, use a soft bristle brush and a 9cm polyester foam roller.
  2. First, make the cutouts with a brush and then use a polyester foam roller to avoid marks on the paint.


The final stage has arrived, but painting the walls with satin or silk finish paint is one of the biggest challenges faced by inexperienced painters!

Knowing where to start and how to paint the right way makes all the difference. See the step-by-step below:
  1. First, paint the entire wall where the touch-ups were done. (For best results, use a velvet roller to apply the paint and to stretch, use a 23cm polyester foam roller.)
  2. Apply uniform layers from bottom to top and top to bottom and making a W on the wall until the paint roller is dry.
  3. Do not let the paint run to avoid the orange peel effect.
  4. Sand with 400-grit sandpaper between paint drying intervals.

Finally, do not forget to use personal protective equipment, such as: gloves, masks, goggles and comfortable clothing for the service.

In addition, it is worth noting that the great secret of satin or silk painting is in the preparation process, such as, for example, in plastering, sanding and also in what we call painting burning, which in fact refers to painting only the touch-ups first and last, the finish painting completely.

By the way, and never forget the combination of the pva spackle with the acrylic putty, because it is this mix that allows you to touch up the satin paint without leaving marks on the walls after the finishing paint.

Therefore, I say that there is no secret to touch up satin paint. In fact, what exists is a simple and effective method used and approved by the oldest painters and that, until today, works very well in the most modern painting...

... In other words, since the beginning of real estate painting, the most experienced painters have already mastered this simple method of mixing PVA spackle with acrylic putty to obtain a perfect finish!

I would like to say more about this topic, however, what I wrote here was just a summary of the introduction of the mentality of an ancient painter. After all, what we know today is a drop of water and what we ignore from the past is an ocean!

If you want to know more about this subject or debate about the oldest painting methods that are still used today, it is used by us traditionalist painters... Leave your comment, opinion or criticism!

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