Now that the weather has forced you indoors you may notice things about your interior that you may have overlooked when you were enjoying summer activities. One very common issue is evidence of your interior paint job showing signs of cracking. Prior to fixing the problem you must first determine why the paint is cracking. Otherwise you may find yourself repainting much sooner than you expect!
• One of the most common causes of paint cracking is not putting in the time and effort in preparing the surfaces to be painted. Paint adheres better when the surface is clean with no evidence of peeling or damage. It is a good idea to wash down the walls, sand any rough spots and apply primer before applying the color.
• DIYers like to think that painting the home’s interior or exterior doesn’t require any expertise. We applaud those who want to take on the job of painting your own home. To ensure you don’t end up with cracks be careful not to apply too little or too much paint. Our advice is to apply the paint in thin, even layers. Painting is not a job that should be rushed. Take your time – it will save you time in the end!
• You know the old adage – you get what you pay for? Well, that is especially true of paint. If you try to cut corners by purchasing cheap paint, it may cost you more in the end. There is ample evidence that the more expensive paint brands hold up better and have a longer lifespan.
• Make sure the home is at the proper temperature to ensure the paint will adhere properly. If the interior of your home is humid it will make the walls wet and the paint will not stick. If the home is too cold it will also have a negative effect on the paint’s adherence.
• Do not add a second coat until the first is completely dry. This will cause the paint to crack. You may need to wait a day or two between painting. Investing the time now will save you time and money later.