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Question DetailsAsked on 11/12/2015

What would make professional installed cabinets that were painted and glazed at the factory crack?

The paint is cracking on the cabinets.

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Defective painting, failure to properly clean surfaces before finishing, way too much solvent in the finish, use of glazing that is incompatible with the stain or finish, too high a humidity in the wood when it was finished, failing to let sanding sealer or stain cure fully before clear-coating or glazing, finishing over cabinets that were previously differently treated and were chemically stripped for refinishing (usually can find lines of old finish in the seams in hidden spots).

In your home - extreme low humidity (or very high if shellac based), or using improper cleaners like Windex on it.

You say glazed - if you actually mean glazed as opposed to clear-coated, commonly only the outside is glazed - so look inside on unglazed surfaces (assuming you do same cleaning inside and out, if any cleaning done yet) to see if they are cracking too - that might give you a clue. Also underneath. Also look at whether call are doing it and on all surfaces, or only where they are handled (hand oil contact) or have been wiped with a cleaner. Generally (but not always) uniform defects across all the surfaces would indicate factory defect or possibly interior humidity problem, sporadic defects would more normally be a use issue but not always - could be uneven prep also. Also, factory prep or failure to dry issues would normally show up in the first month or two - cracking after many months would normally indicate a problem in cleaning, humidity, heavy grease exposure from cooking or such.

One other thing if localized around microwave or stove or toaster or coffee maker - heat or water vapor from appliances can easily do this if getting overheated or steamed frequently.

One other thought - is there a possibility, if on all exterior surfaces, that they gave you a crackled finish ?

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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