Alligatoring paint is paint that has cracked in a pattern that resembles an alligator’s scales.
This unattractive cracked paint makes a building look poorly maintained.
A smooth paint job with no damage is essential to making a building look nice. A well-maintained building is preserves property values and the quality of the community. A home in disrepair can adversely affect neighbors' property values, as well as your own. For commercial property, good maintenance is essential to attracting renters or customers. While alligatoring on painted wall makes a building look run-down and poorly maintained, we have tips to help with this and many other problems.
Beginning The Process
Alligatoring paint can occur for a variety of reasons. It often happens when a top coat of paint is applied over an undercoat that is not completely dry. It can also occur when a rigid substance, such as alkyd enamel, has been applied over something more flexible, such as a latex primer. It can also be a natural effect of aging and weather changes on oil-based paint. Alligatoring on painted wall can always be repaired by removing all the old paint and repainting the wall. It is best to remove all the paint from the paint job with alligatoring, even if the paint has not cracked everywhere, and repaint the whole building or section of the building. That way, the colors will match and alligatoring will not occur in more places. If the paint has cracked, it’s very likely that other parts of the building that were painted at the same time also have the problems that caused the cracking and will crack in the future. If you paint over such areas, the underlying layers will crack and ruin the new paint.
It is easy to prevent paint from cracking once you know what causes it to crack and know what products to use. Apply a high-quality primer before repainting, and make sure each layer of primer or paint dries completely before applying another. Be sure not to apply a rigid substance over a more flexible one. Also, follow other good practices for painting walls, such as making sure the surface is clean before painting. If the cracking has occurred in old oil-based paint, you might want to consider using a different type of paint that is not as prone to cracking as it ages, especially if the climate is prone to repeated freezes and thaws. These simple steps will save you the time and expense of repeatedly removing cracked paint and repainting the building. As with many maintenance issues, knowledge and good products make it easy to make any building look attractive.
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