I bumped into a bit of a mystery on this project and am hopeful you can help me solve it. My Paint Crackled and I don't know why.
Let's start from the beginning: Lovely little desk, well made and deep, dark reddish, mahogany stain.
A client spotted it in my "inventory" and thought it would be great for her daughter. Can I paint it in ASCP Pure White, and redrill for knobs instead of the pulls? I say to myself, I can do that because I have mastered the plague of the bleed through! So she gets a good sanding, fill the holes and get her prepped for paint.
The side panels are constructed of wooden boards (this little desk weighs a ton) and there is some separation in the boards. After filling, gluing and sanding, the prep is done..
I apply two coats of shellac, because that is my magic weapon against bleed through. I've done a dozen pieces of dark mahogany and Old White and the shellac has worked like a charm.
Next comes 2 coats of ASCP Pure White. NO BLEED THROUGH! Am I the master of the universe, or what?? Ha!
Ah, the rub. Time for humility to set in! Those boards on the side panels are not flush and I can see the slight difference in elevation from one board to the other. It is slight, but I am aware of it.
The cottage look was not what the client and I had discussed. So I sand, fill, etc, but to no avail. I send her this picture (after day 3 of working on this cute, little desk, arg...) and she is cool with it. Not a problem. Great....let's get her finished up!
2 more coats of Pure White (I like a thorough coverage), with light sanding between each coat. She is feeling smooth to the touch and really beginning to look beautiful. It's late and time to call it a day. Good night sweet, little desk. I'll see you in the morning!
This little darling turned into the devil and started CRACKLING overnight! What in the world???
Please tell me you've seen this before and can explain what happened! I've gone through this process of shellac and Old White a lot recently and not bumped into this....I am stumped. This was still during the summer, so there were no drops in temperature during the night.
I called my client and we scrapped the project. I painted the desk black, refinished the top, and added some really cute knobs (Thanks, Reese, from The Weathered Door for inspiration!).
In the end, she turned out beautifully. These projects have a way of taking on a life of their own...but as DIYers were open to that happening...make the adjustments, because that's how we roll! :)
Any thoughts on what caused the crackling would be greatly appreciated.
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