SW - Art DIR Alligatoring


Patterned cracking in the paint film resembling the scales of an alligator. These cracks generally do not expose the substrate (e.g. the surface that has been painted).


  • Natural aging of oil-based paints due to temperature fluctuation. The constant expansion and contraction results in a loss of paint film elasticity.
  • Application of an extremely hard, rigid coating, like an oil enamel, over a softer, more flexible coating.
  • Application of a topcoat before the primer or basecoat is dry.
  • Application of a coating over a glossy finish.


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  • Remove old paint by scraping, sanding, chemical removers, or a heat gun. Follow all manufacturers' cautions when using chemical removers or heat guns.
  • Remove all surface contamination by washing with ProClean Professional® Prep Wash Concentrated Cleaner or other appropriate cleaner; rinse thoroughly and allow to dry.  
  • Glossy surfaces should be sanded dull. Follow label and data page directions for the appropriate drying time for any product.