how can I remove scuffs off my painted walls?

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I live in a rented flat and at the weekend when moving furniture around we have scuffed the painted walls quite badly. We still have the paint used to paint the walls as the lanlord left half a pot behind. Can we just paint over it? would we need a special brush/ roller/sponge so it wouldn't be obvious?
Is there a product or something that we can use to remove scuffs?

The walls are pale yellow and the marks have come from the grey plastic casing round the tv as we tried to reposition it.
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  • pineapple
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    I'm afraid my experience is that even so called washable painted walls can be difficult. If they have been painted recently, a bit of careful brushing and dryish blending in on the perimeter of the stain should be virtually undetectable. If it is a few months or more since the wall has been painted, my experience is that the new paint looks a lot lighter. Indeed I have been driven to re-painting a whole wall because of this!
  • Woofles
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    Try Sticky Stuff Remover, worked on my yellow kitchen walls and skirting board after a few things were moved for decorating. It doesn't just remove sticky but obviously good for that too. A bottle lasts ages as you only need a small amount.
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  • ormus
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    it all depends if the marks are just color marks or actual scratches in the wall.
    a solvent will usually remove just the marks. take great care and go gently, so as not to remove the yellow too.
    or try water and a nylon pad. again take care.
    as been said, if you have to touch up with paint, you may end up doing the whole wall.
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  • RachelD
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    JML do a product which is solid and comes with a sponge with a rough side. I had tried absolutely everything on my stair and landing walls, They get scuffed by carrying suitcases and rubbish downstairs. The JML stuff was really good. I bought it in Asda where they have a TV screen demonstrating the products. It's called Doktor Power
    There is a website too
    jmldirect.com
    if i had known then what i know now
  • hatewashingmachines
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    I swear by this product which I buy from Home Bargains, its called erase away and its made by the same people that make the fantastic Oven Pride cleaning system. These solid sponges will get scuff marks off anything
    http://www.homeprideuk.com/eraseaway.asp

    I will say though if its not a scuff mark and the actual paint has come off then you will have to paint over it!!
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  • Meadows
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    jeffy22 wrote: »
    I live in a rented flat and at the weekend when moving furniture around we have scuffed the painted walls quite badly. We still have the paint used to paint the walls as the lanlord left half a pot behind. Can we just paint over it? would we need a special brush/ roller/sponge so it wouldn't be obvious?
    Is there a product or something that we can use to remove scuffs?

    The walls are pale yellow and the marks have come from the grey plastic casing round the tv as we tried to reposition it.


    Rub very gently with a little CIF on a damp cloth, always works for me without removing the paint.
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  • looby-loo_2
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    Meadows wrote: »
    Rub very gently with a little CIF on a damp cloth, always works for me without removing the paint.

    Agree with this. I use Cif for everything
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  • s4mmy
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    Used erase away each time my ds moved out of his student houses and it always did the trick.
  • Zebradome
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    I've always had good results on walls with a "microfibre" cloth from Lidl, which has one slightly rough side, along with kitchen spray of some kind.
  • TomsMom
    TomsMom Posts: 4,251 Forumite
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    Is it matt paint? How long since originally painted.

    We've just had a house renovated and painted throughout with matt paint (durable matt in the kitchen).

    We had some bedroom furniture taken upstairs in cardboard boxes which scuffed the walls quite badly. I tried to wipe one of the smaller scuff marks off with one of those magic erasers, took the mark off but left a shiny patch on the matt paint. I've spoken to the decorator who said to try the technique Pineapple mentioned in post #2 - take a dry brush, small amount of paint, dab very lightly, dab again with j-cloth or folded up kitchen roll. Keep working a bit at a time. Works well enough to cover the marks but because the walls were originally painted April/May time there is a slight colour difference that is noticeable depending on the light.

    There is so much to do that I don't have the time now and the decorator is coming back to have a look with a view to doing it for me. I'm not sure the patching is going to look good. He also told me the darker the colour the more noticeable the patch painting will be.

    Also, there were pencil lines made when tiling on the durable matt in the kitchen. The magic eraser got them off well enough but again it left shiny patches - very surprising considering it was the durable matt.
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