Surface preparation is vital to ensuring that applied paint does not simply peel off or crack. Thoroughly cleansing a wall of any dirt or other residue, as well as applying a solid primer, will prepare the surface for a new coat of paint. Without a clean and primed layer underneath, paint will be unable to stick to the surface and can begin to peel.
Another reason for paint peeling/cracking is moisture. Paint can’t dry properly if a surface is damp, and the moisture weakens the adhesive properties of the paint or primer. To ensure painted surfaces can dry adequately, never paint a house (either interior or exterior) right before or after a rainstorm, as the moisture in the air will stick to the walls and potentially ruin the paint job.
Ensure that the type of paint used is right for the situation; different types of paints (oil, latex, water based) don’t usually mix well and will often cause major issues. Our team at Powell Painting can help you choose the right type of paint for your home, and will make sure it is applied properly to last as long as possible.