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Old 06-12-2019, 03:03 PM   #1
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At least for interior. Had this crackling happen before when I caulked crown and then painted the ceiling first (before painting crown). I thought it was just the flat paint going over it that was the problem.

This job I caulked the crown with another caulk (Spectrum Flex 40) but caulked everything else with TT2. The crown is fine but I’m getting crackling in most other places. Caulked 48 hours prior to topping with Scuff X Satin.

I just used TT2 for an exterior with Aura low sheen. Zero issues, even where some really wide beads were used.




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We have had CabinetCoat do that over tech2 also. The Accelerator seems fine. Tech2 must not like harder finishes.
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Ya I've had this happen as well. Usually when I'm spraying a flat ceiling paint over the crowns. My thoughts are that the caulking is more flexible than the paint?

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So this must be a shrinkage issue?
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I think it's probably the wood more than the caulk. I had some jamb extensions that moved more than Big Stretch could handle, and it's pretty good stuff.

We use plenty of OSI Quad these days, and it's pretty stout. The dry time for painting sucks. NP1 Solar Seal is also the business. On interiors, I wouldn't use them, but boy howdy are they leaps and bounds above "painters caulk" on exteriors.
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So this must be a shrinkage issue?
Either that or maybe because there is so much silicone in those products..?

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thanks for this information.
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We have had CabinetCoat do that over tech2 also. The Accelerator seems fine. Tech2 must not like harder finishes.


It’s got to be this. Like I mentioned, the caulking was done about 48 hours before paint was applied. The crackling began to show up almost as soon as the first coat of paint was dry, even in areas that didn’t need to be caulked (no gap but ran a small bead anyway). You can even see crackling in spots where caulk was just imperceptibly smeared onto a surface, like on a window sill right below the casing.

So annoying.
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So this must be a shrinkage issue?


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They said “shrinkage”, not “wrinklage”.
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They said “shrinkage”, not “wrinklage”.


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I switched to Scuff-X this year and had this happen with TT2 when I painted directly over it. When I primed over the caulk before painting I had no issues.
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I switched to Scuff-X this year and had this happen with TT2 when I painted directly over it. When I primed over the caulk before painting I had no issues.


Interesting. What primer did you use? I primarily use Sure Seal as my general purpose primer.
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Oh...one more thing. I used a massive bead of TT2 CLEAR between the kitchen countertop and walls (some really big gaps) and the wall paint (Scuff X matte) didn’t crackle a bit. And actually, there is one window that butts up against the counter top, so there was some Scuff X satin going over the TT2 clear with no crackle.

It’s a mystery!!


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One thing to consider is that TT2 is very flexible and Scuff-X is very hard.

Earlier this year I used TT2 on a trim pack pack and had an issue with Kem Aqua Plus Surfacer cracking at all the caulk joints.

The solution I found was to prime with cover stain and it solved the issue. Tower Tech seemed to think the issue was the hardness of the surfacer. I think it was an incompatibility issue because it cracked so quickly after application.

The one thing I will say is that Tower Tech was very proactive in trying to solve the issue. Their customer support was great and they comped me me two cases of caulk.


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Interesting. What primer did you use? I primarily use Sure Seal as my general purpose primer.
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