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anlythorn

02:05PM | 01/09/09
Member Since: 01/08/09
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We recently painted the drywall in our son's soon to be nursery. We noticed the painted walls were crackling like reptile skin. We have been told two reasons. Maybe we painted when it was too cold, or we did not let the first coat dry before we applied the second. Everyday the cracks look worse but the paint is not loose or falling off, yet. I am worried that when my son is sleeping in his crib in two months that the paint will then be falling off, especially since everyday the cracks look worse. What can we do to fix this paint problem on drywall? We already tried another coat of paint a week after the first and second coats dried. The cracks just came back through. Do we sand or strip? Is there a primer that could seal the cracks? Please Please give us advice so our nursery can be done.

5slb6

04:49AM | 01/10/09
Member Since: 07/28/02
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Unless you painted this room with no heat on and it was in the low 40's and below(inside) I doubt that was problem.

What type of paint was on the wall and what type did you use?

anlythorn

07:04AM | 01/10/09
Member Since: 01/08/09
3 lifetime posts
Two of the walls are new drywall so on those we used Kilz 2 latex water-based primer and then Sherwin Williams interior flat latex super paint. The older existing two other walls had interior semi-gloss latex Sherwin Williams super paint. We put the same above primer and paint over that. We did have the windows open on a cold night and my husband says that room did get down to 45 while we were painting, plus we probably only waited 1-2 hours after the first coat of paint to apply the second. For some reason the cracking (but not peeling yet) effect is worse on the existing drywall versus the new drywall. How to fix? Want it fixed before baby comes. Thanks for any help.

5slb6

12:27PM | 01/10/09
Member Since: 07/28/02
1356 lifetime posts
It sounds as if you applied to much paint to quickly and that can cause mud cracking of the paint. I doubt that it will peel. You will have to skim out the cracked areas with drywall mud to hide them and then start over with your primer and finish paint but give more time to dry. Even flat paint can take 4 to 6 hours to dry before you apply another coat. I also would leave the window shut if it is going to be that cold in the room while you are painting. You should get a low odor low VOC paint if smell or fumes are a concern.

anlythorn

05:49PM | 01/10/09
Member Since: 01/08/09
3 lifetime posts
Thanks for your help. Would you suggest skimming the wall with drywall mud or sanding the paint directly off?

5slb6

12:38PM | 01/11/09
Member Since: 07/28/02
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I don't think need to sand all of the paint that is on the wall now as I said in the previous post I highly doubt that the paint is going to peel.

You can apply the drywall mud directly to wall if the paint there now is a flat finish. I also would suggest that you get your primer from SW as well as the finish paint as they are made to go together.
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