Wax makes paint crackle. I refinish a lot of furniture. If there's wax buildup (either fro Pledge or a wax protective topcoat) that isn't completely removed first, the paint will crackle. You could try applying a wax then painting over that. Lots more painting tips at https://EntriWays.com
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Hi Mary Jo! That is a great question. I have listed some ideas for you. Good luck.