Why are There Cracks on My Wall Paint and What Can I Do About It?

what to do with cracks on my wall

There are a lot of things that can happen to your paint after time has passed. One of the common issues that you may come across is noticing cracks on your wall paint. If you notice this problem, you may be wondering what you can do about it. There are quite a few different reasons why this problem occurs and understanding this can help you know how to best handle the situation and prevent it in the future. Here is everything that you need to know about cracked paint.

The first thing to discuss is the different types of cracks on the paint. One type of paint cracking is called mud cracks. These cracks are often caused by having too many layers of paint on the surface or because the surface was dirty before you painted. Hairline cracks typically occur if you use cheap paint, spread the paint too thin when painting, or because the paint did not stick to the wall. There are also alligator cracks, which resemble the scales of an alligator. This generally happens when additional coats are added to the wall before the previous one has died. Other problems that can cause cracks include paint that dries too quickly, improperly painting the wall, and aging paint that does not expand and contrast anymore. These are minor problems that can occur.

Even though these are minor problems, they do need to be taken care of right away. This is because as the cracks get worse, they can eventually being to peel or flake which can be both unattractive and could lead to other problems. If you have determined what has caused the original cracks, you can avoid these problems in the future by letting the previous coats of paint dry or getting rid of paint if there are too many layers on the wall. Prep the surface by cleaning it, removing paint, and getting rid of excess layers. Then you will want to put primer on the wall to ensure a quality job. Once the prime has fully dried, you can move onto painting the surface.

You can prevent these problems from happening by doing a few things before painting, which may add more work initially but will pay off when you see the results. For instance, making sure that the walls are clean and dry before painting can make a huge difference in preventing cracks. You should also avoid painting when there is a lot of humidity in the air. Lastly, apply the paint properly (such as letting each coat dry and putting the right amount on the wall each layer) to avoid problems later on.

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