How to Paint Over Crackled Paint

By Nicole Byerly ; Updated April 12, 2017
Crackled paint creates a rustic appearance that may not fit every decor style.

Crackled paint is a popular paint effect used to create an aged appearance. When this appearance is no longer desired, you may consider painting the object another color using a different type of paint. In order to paint over crackled paint, you must first prepare the surface. Completing the preparation process takes some time, but it is worth it in the end.

Scrape away the paint on the object using a wire brush. Remove and chipped paint as crackled paint leaves an uneven surface covered with chippings.

Remove the crackled paint from flat surfaces using a 2-inch metal putty knife. Scrape away large areas of paint to create a consistent texture.

Sand the surface of the object using 220-grit sandpaper. Sanding will create an even surface to paint.

Wipe object with a damp towel to remove any dust particles. Let surface dry completely before continuing.

Stir primer with a paint stir stick and prime the surface of the object using a 2-inch paint brush. Work primer into any crevices on the surface to create an even coverage of the entire object. Allow primer to dry for one to two hours and apply a second coat if necessary.

Cover the entire surface of the object with paint using a 2-inch paint brush. Be sure to stir the paint thoroughly using a paint stir stick before applying the paint. Allow paint to set for two hours and apply a second coat.

Things Needed

  • Wire brush
  • 2-inch metal putty knife
  • Primer
  • Paint
  • 2-inch paint brush
  • Paint stir sticks
  • Wet rag
  • 220-grit sandpaper
  • Damp towel

About the Author

Nicole Byerly has been writing since 2003. She has published multiple works that have appeared in "Campus Philly." Byerly is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in cybersecurity at Utica College.