Common Causes of Paint Cracks

Cracking paint is among the most common problems that property owners deal with. All of us hate the sight of paint cracks and would love to solve it right away. To ensure that we won’t stumble with this kind of problem again, it is vital to be knowledgeable of the reasons why paints crack. This way, we would be able to know what didn’t go well with our previous painting project and avoid doing it again.

On this list are six of the most common reasons for paint cracks and how we can do to avoid them.

1. Too much of less amount of paint applied

Using too much or too little amount of paint on walls is among the most common reasons for premature paint cracks. That is why it is essential to use a precise amount of paint on your walls. To get the perfect finish, you can start by using thin, even layers of paint on the surface, and gradually adding layers to it until you achieve your desired result without using too much or too little paint on it.

2. Poor preparation

The success of any project lies in how well you prepare for the actual job. Same with painting your walls, you need to take your time preparing your surface to make sure that the paint sticks really well and won’t crack or tear off easily. Your preparation must include proper cleaning, sanding, stripping the old paint, filling the dents, and priming the surface.

3. Using cheap, second-class painting products

While we would want to save money on our painting project, choosing cheap and low-quality paint will give you a problem and will cost you even more. Because low-quality paints crack or peel easier, you will have to invest in repainting not long after. That is why you need to brush-off the idea of using cheap, low-quality paint to save money. Price isn’t always necessary, so you must select a quality, trusted, and proven paint brand.

4. Improper paint application

Incorrect application is also among the most common causes of cracking of paints. You need to ensure that the first paint layer is dried completely before applying the next layer.

5. Low adhesion

Low adhesion is also among the most common reasons why paints crack easily. There are a few factors why paints tend to not adhere properly on the surface. Among these are the wrong choice of paint product, too cold or humid surface, and surfaces that aren’t prepared well.

6. Aging paint

No matter how well your painting project was done and how excellent are the products used, the paint will definitely begin to crack when it reaches the end of its life span.

If you require the help of professionals to tend to your cracking paint, all you have to do is contact Wallace Contracts, and we will be there to help you right away.

We have some of the most trusted painters in the country who guarantee high-quality and neat painting services for all kinds and sizes of properties.

Call us on 01782 810220 for all your queries and booking requests.

Tips for a Successful Painting Project

Attention to detail is essential to make your painting project done correctly. Beginners and even decorating professionals always strive to improve their skills and knowledge in achieving painting perfection. Some would ask for tips and ways to step-up in the field of painting, which is very helpful in improving their skills.

You have to be very particular in every detail because every stroke matters. It could build a good impression or break your good reputation. If you are new to painting, here are our a few helpful tips that are guaranteed to achieve a perfect result.

1. Plan a reasonable timeline

Providing a secure and clearly defined schedule can make your customers feel comfortable throughout the painting project. If you rush things to be done in a short period to impress the clients, it will lead you to a failed outcome.

Having a broad idea of the project on how long it will take, the products to use, and the smoothest way of relaying messages to the clients will give them proper expectations and will help you complete the job right on time.


Aside from a reasonable timeline, it is also essential to inform your client with the following information:

  • Type of paint you will use and other necessary materials
  • How long it will take to complete each stage of the painting project
  • How long the product will take to dry before proceeding to the next
  • The staff who are involved with the job

    Providing these details to clients will give them a whole picture of the project.

    2. Document your work

    Documenting your work is one of the best ways of promoting your skills. The before, during, and after photos you take will serve as evidence of your skills and capability to handle the project. Aside from that, you can look back to the things you’ve done and check the details to improve.

    3. Paint one wall at a time

    Completing one wall at a time is a common practice for professional painters. It could save time, energy, and it will prevent the materials, the roller, brush, and the paint from drying out and be wasted.

    4. Clean everything before painting

    Before the brush touches the wall, you have to clear and clean every single object or something insignificant in the entire surface. Remember, a single spot could damage everything. You may lose a customer and gain bad reviews.

    5. Use the right equipment

    Rollers, brush, paints, and whatever tools and equipment you use have a vital role in your painting work. You have to choose high-quality products, tools, and equipment to achieve quality work. All these things will give a good impression on your reputation and painting ability.

  • Types of Paint

    Attempting the decorate a room in your new home? Have you been left bewildered by the different types of paint finishes? You’re not the only one.

    Q: Are you considering redecorating but confused by all the different paint types and finishes. You don’t know what Matt and Gloss are, or the difference between Satin, Eggshell, Silk and Sheen? What’s the best type to use for various surfaces?

    A: Choosing the right sheen level will transform the look of your home when decorating, so make sure you consider different finishes to make the most of your space. Here’s a guide to help you make a considered choice when planning your decorating project:

    matt emulsion

    Matt emulsion is smooth, velvety and helps to hide imperfections on less-than-perfect walls. it’s great on the older properties walls which still have all their character without highlighting the imperfections too much.

    Flat matt emulsion

    Flat matt emulsion is even more velvety and because matt surfaces don’t reflect light, they make all colours look as similar as they can be in very different light conditions. Flat matt works wonders on deeper shades, too.

    Satin and Silk

    Satin and Silk are ‘mid-sheen’ finishes, which means they look like a slightly polished surface and reflect a bit of light. Silk is a finish associated with walls and satin for woodwork. You can clean marks from silk wall finishes easily which makes them practical but if you have less-than-perfect walls, all the lumps and bumps show up a lot more and from different angles the paint job may not look as good as you would like. A satin finish on woodwork helps to hide imperfections and gives colour a softer appearance which is an over all more subtle.

    Eggshell

    An eggshell finish has a shine that’s extremely subtle but without the same smoothness as a satin finish. Thus, it doesn’t highlight imperfections quite as much, making it a much more suitable interior wall paint. It’s easy to apply and can often cover well with a single coat, making it a better choice for many people.

    Gloss

    Besides matte paint, gloss paint is the most common interior wall paint. It’s one you can use on most walls, although some people use it sparingly on these surfaces and prefer to use it on woodwork because of its high shine. Gloss paint shows all the imperfections on a wall and achieving an even coverage on a wall will often need more than a single coat.

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