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, home paint 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
Prior to 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
When purchasing 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 quality paint.
The Paint Did Not Adhere
As you go about selecting paint, it is important to select the right type of paint for the surface you are painting. 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 lifespan.
Is the paint in your home cracking? Here at Tar Heel Painters located in Chapel Hill, NC. we would love to help you with both your interior and exterior home painting needs, including fixing and repairing paint that may be cracking. Call us now for a free quote or to schedule your appointment.