Crazing (alligatoring) in emulsion ( latex) paint

by Terence Williamson


I'm moving into another house and have noticed the emulsion work on the walls have crazing. Will this cause any problems when re-coating?

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May 28, 2015

by: Shawn & Donna

Hi Terence,

You had me a little stumped there but I think I've figured out what your asking.

Crazing (or alligatoring) in emulsion (or latex) paint will tend to show the texture of the previously cracked paint after it has been repainted. The cracked paint can also lift and peal once a new coating has been applied to it.

The recommend, for the best results, is to totally remove the cracked paint and then reapply new coats of primer and paint. In this case, since its interior walls, re-plastering or re-drywalling would be required.

Of course, total removal is not always practical so there are products made specifically for crazing or alligatoring paint. These said products are made to bond to old cracked paint and are high build which helps to fill in all of those dips and groves. Your local paint store (or online shopping) should be able to help you out.

You could also keep in mind that some people pay painters thousands of dollars to create the exact look that your trying to remove. Then again, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

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