Cracked and Puckered Paint: Alligatoring

Cracked and Puckered Paint: Alligatoring
Definition: wide patterned cracks in the paint, with the appearance of alligator scales

- insufficient drying time between coats
- hard coating over a soft primer
- multiple coats of naturally aged oil based paints that are brittle and begin to crack
- the inability of the top coat to bond to the under coat

- remove all the old paint by scraping and sanding (use a power washer for large areas to shorten removal time)
- to avoid alligatoring in the future properly prepare the surface and paint with a high quality primer/finish coat