When you look at
the walls in your home or the exterior of your home, you do not expect to see
the paint cracking. However,
can begin to
crack for a number of different reasons. If you have cracking paint, here are
some of the most common reasons why the paint may begin to crack.
The Surface Was Not Properly Prepared
If the surface
was not properly prepared, such as not sanding down filler or not priming
filled spots, the paint may begin to crack. Even when you are in a hurry,
prepare your paint to prevent cracking and unevenness.
The Painting Surface Was Dirty
painting, you should also take the time to clean the surface you are painting.
Dirt, dust, and cobwebs can all cause paint to crack if you paint over these
items, rather than cleaning them.
Too Much Paint Was Used or The Paint Was
Spread Too Thin
Using the right
amount of paint is key when painting any surface. If you use too little paint
or too much paint, paint can begin to crack. You want to coat your surface in
even layers of paint. Be sure to apply multiple layers of paint after the paint
dries if it is too thin or looks streaky.
The Paint is Cheap
paint, cheaper is not always better. Cheap paint can chip or crack more easily.
Purchase a quality paint that has a reputation for lasting. A great paint
supply store or painter can help you select
The Paint Did Not Adhere
As you go about
selecting paint, it is important to select the right type of paint for the
If you do not, your paint may not properly adhere to the surface. This can
cause it to crack or peel.
Additional Paint Coats Were Applied Before the
Past Coats Dried
Always let paint
fully dry prior to adding more layers of paint over the existing paint. If you
are in doubt as to whether the paint is dry, simply wait it out a bit longer.
Painting over paint that is not dry can ruin the surface of the paint and lead
to cracking. If the bottom layer is not dry and you add additional layers, it
can also take much longer for your surface to dry.
Your Paint is Aging
The final reason
why paint may be cracking is because your paint is aging. Even quality paint
may begin to crack, peel or chip when it has reached the end of its
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