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Paint Problems: Alligatoring

Paint Problems: Alligatoring

If you see a pattern of cracking in your paint that resembles the scales of an alligator, this is what we in the painting business call…you guessed it “alligatoring.”
With recent advances in technology and the widespread use of latex paints, alligatoring is not as common as it was in the past.
Alligatoring is usually caused by the natural aging of oil based paints from temperature fluctuation. The constant expansion and contractor result in the loss of paint film elasticity. There are other causes as well. If a hard coating is applied over a softer (and more elastic) coating, the top coat can crack over time. That’s why it’s not recommended to apply an oil paint over a latex paint. Application of a topcoat while the primer or basecoat is still wet can also produce this effect.
OK, so how do I fix this problem?
Unfortunately, you need to remove the old paint. This usually involved scraping, sanding, and the use of a heat gun. You’ll want to take every possible precaution if you have reasonable suspicion that the paint contains lead. At a minimum, you’ll want a respirator.
After removing the old paint, you’ll need to clean the surface. If a glossy surface remains, it must be sanded dull.

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