5 Steps to Solve You Wall Cracking Problems
Vein-like lines that appear through paint coating may be vague initially, but after some time these cracks tend to grow and deepen into dry, jagged flakes. Such problem can appear a variety of surfaces, indoors and out, from plaster to wood and siding.
There are several things that cause paint to crack. The most common one is insufficient surface prep. Applying too thin or too heavy paint also could cause paint to crack. A heavy hand while painting can lead to what’s called mud cracks, where too-thick paint dries with a clumpy, swollen look. Short period of dry time between coats can also lead to these problems. And unfortunately, as the paint age, some cracks may appear. Over time, paint becomes brittle, making it less adaptable to temperature and humidity fluctuations.
When the damage is extensive, it is better to call house painter Melbourne to repaint the entire surface. But if its only light damage, you can fix it yourself by following these tips.
- First step is to remove all cracked and flaking paint. Depending on the severity of the problem you can choose use different kind of tools like a scraper, wire brush, heat gun, or chemical application.
- After all the cracks removed, use sand to feather the edges so it blended. Then, clean and prime the surface.
- Carefully Repaint problem spots. Make sure you load the brush or roller properly to avoid too-thin or too-thick application.
- If you are using a brush, dip the brush in, allowing paint to cover up to one-third of the bristle length. Then gently tap the brush on both sides and avoid dragging the brush against the edge of the container.
- For a roller application, fill the roller tray halfway. Remove lint from a new roller cover, dip the roller into the well of the tray, then over the ribbed portion of the tray, repeating several times to evenly distribute the right amount of paint.
Thoroughly feather out the cut-in area to avoid heavy buildup in corners where paint commonly overlaps; then clean and prep, reapplying paint evenly. And you have to be patient, always remember to take a break between coats so they can dry properly. When repainting to repair, you’ll likely want to apply the same product you used initially (but in subsequent projects, opt for quality latex paint, known for its adhesion and flexibility).