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how to fix splashed wall - DIY paint

I have splashed the wall with coffee which looks ugly now

The wall is white matt painted on top of wallpaper. I would like to repaint the splashed area so now there's the quest how to find suitable paint? Ideally I would like to repaint the splashed area in a way that it would be unnoticeable overall.

Does anyone know where to buy paint samples (or small paint containers) to try them out? Maybe there is a shop which has small painted samples on display for all the paint they sell?
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I have splashed the wall with coffee which looks ugly now

The wall is white matt painted on top of wallpaper. I would like to repaint the splashed area so now there's the quest how to find suitable paint? Ideally I would like to repaint the splashed area in a way that it would be unnoticeable overall.

Does anyone know where to buy paint samples (or small paint containers) to try them out? Maybe there is a shop which has small painted samples on display for all the paint they sell?
Too much dicking around for a lousy result, paint the whole wall
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Re: how to fix splashed wall - DYI paint

Coop Bau+Hobby sell these white sponges which are great at getting rid of marks on white walls. You just make them a wee bit damp and gently rub on the marks. The sponge dissolves a while you wipe so not to damage the wall. I think they are around 3chf for 2 sponges and work very well. Could be worth a try before painting the walls....
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Re: how to fix splashed wall - DYI paint

You can get paint in any hobby shop: Coop Bau und Hobby, Migros DO IT, Jumbo, Hornbach, Bauhaus. You will want the acrylic white.

Be aware you will probably will need to paint the whole wall. White walls will change tone with time - from sun exposure to contact with human skin - and if you paint only partially, even if with the correct tone, you will notice it. Make sure to clean the coffee as much as possible, so it doesn't stain the new paint.
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Coop Bau+Hobby sell these white sponges which are great at getting rid of marks on white walls. You just make them a wee bit damp and gently rub on the marks. The sponge dissolves a while you wipe so not to damage the wall. I think they are around 3chf for 2 sponges and work very well. Could be worth a try before painting the walls....
Coffee on wallpaper.......I really think not!
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Re: how to fix splashed wall - DYI paint

I had similar experience. These white sponges removed stains which we didnt think would be possible. Definitely worth a try before painting.
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Re: how to fix splashed wall - DIY paint

Well, it is a reasonably good motivation to get out of the house.

You can try cleaning it, but it probably won't be terribly effective. As you mention wallpaper it is probably fairly old, so try not to use too much soap or other cleaning agents as this may soften the glue, which will be even more work to rectify.

As even the smallest container of white dispersion (paint) will generally cover a 5x2m wall with 2 coats, you might as well just paint the whole wall.

The whites don't always match when you change from one paint supplier to another, and the walls generally have faded or discoloured enough that even after 2 years a patch in the middle of the wall with the identical paint will stand out.

Be careful to get a sharp edge right at the corners, this will stand out less than a wobbly line, even if the adjacent edge is darkend from dust/soot etc.
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Coop Bau+Hobby sell these white sponges which are great at getting rid of marks on white walls. You just make them a wee bit damp and gently rub on the marks. The sponge dissolves a while you wipe so not to damage the wall. I think they are around 3chf for 2 sponges and work very well. Could be worth a try before painting the walls....
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Nope, they really work, they even get red wine off any surface so long as it's "wipe-proof". No idea how it works, nor do I care, but it has saved my bacon many times.

You might have to persevere a bit but it usually brings most stains off.
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Re: how to fix splashed wall - DIY paint

I looked for the sponge on Coop Brico Loisirs but didn't find it, anybody has a link to the product?
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Re: how to fix splashed wall - DIY paint

Just get the cheapest one for now and stop worrying until you are about to move out. If paint is fairly old, you won't match it perfectly but you also don't have to - walls are supposed to be repainted every so many years and it's on the landlord. If the time to repaint won't come yet when you move out, let your liability insurance deal with this then
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I looked for the sponge on Coop Brico Loisirs but didn't find it, anybody has a link to the product?
https://www.coopathome.ch/de/haushal...bcck/p/3431884

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Just get the cheapest one for now and stop worrying until you are about to move out. If paint is fairly old, you won't match it perfectly but you also don't have to - walls are supposed to be repainted every so many years and it's on the landlord. If the time to repaint won't come yet when you move out, let your liability insurance deal with this then
Aren't you supposed to report stuff to the insurance company at the time, rather than wait until you move out?
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The insurance will be triggered by a claim against you from the landlord when you move out.
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Re: how to fix splashed wall - DIY paint

Great I will check the sponge. If it will not work I would prefer to do minimalistic repaint just to satisfy my aesthetic expectations even if the paint patch will not match exactly the shade. I'm not going to leave the apartment anytime soon so full wall repaint sound silly now. Few more accidents may happen till the time I will have to deal with the landlord and maybe repaint the whole wall.
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Great I will check the sponge. If it will not work I would prefer to do minimalistic repaint just to satisfy my aesthetic expectations even if the paint patch will not match exactly the shade. I'm not going to leave the apartment anytime soon so full wall repaint sound silly now. Few more accidents may happen till the time I will have to deal with the landlord and maybe repaint the whole wall.
Before you do any cleaning/painting (and after) I recommend taking pictures. They might come in handy later.

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Re: how to fix splashed wall - DIY paint

To avoid having the newly painted area stand out it's useful to "paint" the parts where old and new meet with a very watery version (when using a roller I usually do a preliminary wash/clean in a bucket and use the dirty water, so dilution of 1:10 to 1:20 sounds good to me) in order to break any sharp edges (useful even if you have the exact same tone at hand), partially redistributing the new paint you just put on into the still-old adjacent area. Whith a brush it looks similar to the swishers' movements at ice curling, analoguous with a roller. The new color should be still wet, though it may work with dry paint as well. Not sure how helpful this is with glossy or acryl-based paint.
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Re: how to fix splashed wall - DIY paint

We used a spray for fixing marks in white walls and it worked quite well. For coffee marks, maybe you need a couple of layers. We bought it in a migros bricolage store
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We used a spray for fixing marks in white walls and it worked quite well. For coffee marks, maybe you need a couple of layers. We bought it in a migros bricolage store
I would not (spray-)paint anything without knowing that the shade of white on the wall and the shade of the stuff in the bottle match, or you might end up repainting because of the spraying rather than what you sprayed over
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Re: how to fix splashed wall - DIY paint

I have just pinned a nice picture on the wall for now Didn't have time to make the trip to the DIY shops yet and I did not found anything suitable in the shops in the centre of Lausanne.
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There is a Coop Brico-Loisirs in the centre of Lausanne, rue de la Borde 26 bis
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