Repair your cracking and flaking walls

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Cracks in paint can lead to flaking and failure of the paint.

We’re assuming cracking and flaking were not the desired paint effects you were hoping for. Paint can either accent a room or become a glaring distraction when there is a mistake. Don’t let cracking and flaking become the focal point of an otherwise appealing room.

Cracks can begin small, but don’t be fooled. They will grow and worsen with time if not properly treated. Cracking occurs when aged paint splits through at least one coat with flaking soon to follow. This occurs when old oil based paint loses adhesion, flexibility and becomes hard and brittle. Poor surface preparation, over-thinning, or overspreading paint beyond manufacturer’s recommendations is what leads to this unfortunate result.

“Alligatoring” can occur in extreme cases when a second or third coat of paint is applied before the previous coat dries completely, or when the undercoat is incompatible with the finish coat. For example, never layer an oil-based paint over latex paint.

Return your walls to their desired flake-free state with these steps:

  1. Begin the fix by removing all loose paint with a scraper.
  2. Sand the surface and feather the edges.
  3. Spackle® deep scars caused by cracking/flaking of multiple coats of paint and sand.
  4. Remove all sanding dust.
  5. Spot prime any bare areas.

Prepping and priming is the essential key for better adhesion, sheen uniformity, mildew control, and durability. Complete your work by topping it off with a quality interior paint in the color and sheen of your choice.

Spackle® is a registered mark of the Muralo Co.

Categories: Home repairs, Painting Tips

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