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Cracking/Flaking

Cracking/FlakingThe splitting of a dry paint film through at least one coat as a result of aging, which ultimately will lead to complete failure of the paint. In its early stages, the problem appears as hairline cracks; in its later stages, flaking occurs.

Possible Causes:

  • Use of lower quality paint that has inadequate adhesion and flexibility. Over-thinning or overspreading the paint.

  • Inadequate surface preparation, or applying the paint to bare wood without first applying a primer.

  • Excessive hardening and embrittlement of alkyd paint as the paint job ages.

Solution:

  • Remove loose and flaking paint with a scraper or wire brush, sanding the surface and feathering the edges. If the flaking occurs in multiple layers of paint, use of a filler may be necessary. Prime bare wood areas before repainting. Use of a top quality primer and top coat should prevent a recurrence of the problem.