Why is My Paint Cracking?

Cracking paint is a common issue and can be caused by a variety of factors. Whether the paint is cracking on your home and you want to understand why, or you are preparing to paint your home, it is important to understand what causes paint to crack and how to prevent it.

Aging Paint

This is a common cause for the paint to crack. When you paint begins to crack, it is showing that it is at the end of its lifespan and will need to be replaced.

Lack of Proper Preparation

Preparing the surface properly before painting is a crucial step that helps prevent cracking and to ensure the paint adheres to the surface. Steps for properly preparing your surface for painting include cleaning and sanding the surface, peeling or stripping away old or damaged paint, and then filling in dents and dings. You will also want to apply a primer to the surface.

This also helps with the adhesion of the paint to the surface. If the surface isn’t properly prepared, it can peel or crack. Other causes of low adhesion include the weather, too cold or too humid, or you have used the wrong paint for the surface.

Too Much or Too Little Paint was Applied

In addition to properly preparing the surface, you also need to use the right amount of paint. Using too much or too little can cause the paint to chip or crack very early. The best way to apply the paint is to use thin, even layers to achieve the perfect finish.
When layering paint, it is also important to make sure each layer dries before you apply more paint. If you apply the next layer before the first layer is dry, it can cause the paint to crack.

Low-Quality Paint

For some people, the price of the paint plays a major role in the paint they choose for their home improvement project. Although the low price point may be tempting, cheaper paint is not always better. Low-quality or cheaper pain can have a shorter lifespan, leading to easier or fast peeling and cracking than higher quality paint. If you are on a budget, be sure to research the reputation of the paint brands you are considering ensuring you select the best quality paint for your home.

Residential Painting Services Pittsburgh

At MasterBrush Painting, our team of residential painters can transform for your Pittsburgh home. If your paint is cracking or peeling or you’re just looking to change up the colors in your home, we have the high-quality paint and expertise to help you refresh your home. Contact us today to learn more about our residential painting services.

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