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The splitting of the dry paint film. In its early stages, the problem appears as hairline cracks; later, flaking of paint chips occurs.

Possible Cause:
Use of a lower-quality paint that has inadequate adhesion and flexibility.
Overthinning the paint or spreading it too thin.
Poor surface preparation, especially when the paint is applied to bare wood without priming.
Painting under cool or windy conditions that make latex paint dry too fast.

It may be possible to correct cracking if it is confined to small areas 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 involves large areas or the entire surface, remove all of the paint by scraping, sanding and/or use of a heat gun or power washer. Then, prime with a quality primer and repaint with a quality latex house paint.

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