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Leanne1 09-25-2011 07:18 PM

painting over cracks in paint?
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The paint in our guest bathroom has stange cracks throughout (see photo). It looks like the same paint that was used throughout the house, but I haven't seen anything like this anywhere else in the house. The home was new construction, but a foreclosure on the builder so I don't have anyone to call to ask questions. Would primer and a fresh coat suffice, or do i need to do something else? I'm confident in my painting skills, but i don't know anything about what needs to be done to make sure the cracking is taken care of, or why it cracked in the first place.
Thanks in advance for your help! :)

Brushjockey 09-25-2011 08:08 PM

Could be a flat over a harder glossy surface+ humidity making to expand and dry at different rates.
It needs something ( a good primer) that will stabilize it.
here again ( for those playing at home) I think Zinsser Gardz is a good choice because it will penetrate and seal.
Finish with an eggshell that can put up with the changes, not a flat that will absorb.

Gymschu 09-25-2011 08:13 PM

Good call on this one BJ.........the only time I've seen this type of "cracking" was in a bathroom without an exhaust fan. Once fan was installed and walls were properly primed & painted, the problem disappeared.

jsheridan 09-25-2011 08:18 PM

Could that have been from an over application, a heavy one and done? Either way, follow brushjockey's advice. Sounds good.

Leanne1 09-25-2011 09:03 PM

thanks so much! :)

chrisn 09-26-2011 03:04 AM

Could also be the dreaded paint over wall paper paste scenario.Still need to follow said advise.

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