Few things are
more annoying for a painter than seeing a painted surface develop cracks when
it used to look smooth and beautiful. One of the most common reasons that
homeowners decide it’s time for a restoration project is that paint is starting
are also ways to prevent paint from cracking, and when starting a painting
project of your own, it’s important to make sure that you avoid mistakes that
to crack. Let’s take a look at the
primary causes of paint cracking and why they are important to know.
Never paint a
dirty surface! Dirt, dust and other imperfections will fester as the paint
cures and quickly turn into cracks down the line. Always
clean and sand
a surface if necessary, and use a
coat of primer if it looks advisable.
Painting in the Wrong Conditions
especially outdoors, is best done in mild conditions. If the weather is too
hot, paint won’t be able to dry properly and blistering will occur, creating
serious cracks. This can also happen when it’s too cold. The right types of
paint can help resist these problems, but it’s important to pick the right
Using Too Much Paint
If you create a
thick, this will create a couple of problems. First, the paint is likely to
droop and dry poorly. Second, the paint at the bottom of the layer won’t be
able to cure properly, creating mismatching surfaces. Cracks often result.
Using Cheap Paint
Not all paint is
created the same. If you use the incorrect paint on a surface, it can easily
– which means it
wasn’t much of a bargain. Figure out what paint is the best for your project
instead of picking one with a nice price tag.
Spreading Paint Too Thin
This is less
common, but sometimes people spread paint too thin trying to make it last
longer. If this happens on the wrong surfaces, then parts of the surface won’t
get enough paint. This often results in flaws and cracks as the paint dries and
Adding More Coats Too Soon
It’s important to
let paint fully cure and dry before adding a new layer. Even if the paint looks
dry, consult instructions and wait at least several hours before adding a
Letting Paint Dry Too Quickly
Dry weather and
similar issues can exacerbate a lot of the causes we’ve already mentioned. If
paint dries out too fast, it will create cracks. Don’t aim fans at your paint
to try and make it dry faster!
Matching the Wrong Kinds of Paint
Trying to put an
oil-based paint on top of latex paint, for example, will result in serious
flaws and cracking. When painting over old paint, always match the type of
paint or ask an expert what paint you should be using.
trouble with cracking paint? We can help!
Contact Tar Heel Painters
today and we’ll help you figure out
what’s going wrong and provide the expert painting services you need to fix it and
get a healthy coat of paint that will last for years.