Use of a lower quality paint that has inadequate adhesion and flexibility.
Over thinning the paint or spreading it too thin.
Poor surface preparation, especially when the paint is applied to bare wood without priming.
Painting under too cool conditions or in warm, windy conditions that make latex paint dry too fast.
Use of oil-based paint over surfaces that undergo constant contraction and expansion.
It may be possible to correct cracking that does not go down to the substrate by removing the loose or flaking paint with a scraper or wire brush, sanding to feather the edges, priming any bare spots and repainting.
If the cracking goes down to the substrate, remove all of the paint by scraping, sanding and/or use of a heat gun; then prime and repaint with a quality exterior latex paint. Old, flaking paint may contain lead, so precautions for lead paint should be followed.
Use high-quality paints that are formulated to provide a flexible film.
* Important Disclaimer: Coverage calculator results are to be used only as estimates.
Behr Process Corporation cannot guarantee that you will achieve proper results without
verifying your measurements and assumptions.
WHAT SHEEN DO I NEED?
About Interior Paint Sheens
Get the look you want and the protection you need for any room in your home.
A flat sheen has a non-reflective finish that touches up well and hides minor surface imperfections.
Low-traffic areas; interior walls and ceilings
A matte sheen has a low-luster, reflective finish that is durable, easy to clean, touches up well and also hides minor surface imperfections.
Low-traffic areas; interior walls
Family rooms, living rooms, kids' rooms, bathrooms, dining rooms, ceilings
An eggshell enamel sheen has a soft, velvety appearance that resists dirt and grime, as well as mildew.
Family rooms, living rooms, bedrooms, kids' rooms, hallways, dining rooms
A satin enamel sheen has a pearl-like finish that's easy to clean.
All interior surfaces; moderate- to high-traffic areas
Family rooms, living rooms, bedrooms, kids' rooms, hallways, kitchens, bathrooms, doors, windows, trim, cabinets, shutters, interior furniture
A semi-gloss enamel sheen is sleek and radiant resisting mildew, moisture and wear.
Cabinets and trim; high-traffic, high-moisture areas