Sanded an old wood vanity and when painting it keeps alligatoring ?

The paint keeps alligatoring as in pic even after I sanded it , what am I doing wrong please help
q sanded an old wood vanity and when painting it keeps alligatoring
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  • Cindy Hagemann Cindy Hagemann on Nov 12, 2017
    This usually is the result of not sanding or priming the wood properly (basically sealing it before applying paint).

  • Dfm Dfm on Nov 12, 2017
    remove previous finish....resand it, wipe off with rubbing alcohol, prime and paint.

  • Big lulu Big lulu on Nov 12, 2017
    I kind of like that look.

    • Maritza Barnhill Maritza Barnhill on Nov 13, 2017
      Reply to Big lulu...Ty kinda liked it too, will try again tomorrow and if crackles then it would just stay that way lol

  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Nov 12, 2017
    Could you be putting it on to think? It almost looks like crackle paint. I'm assuming you checked the paint type.

  • Itsmemic Itsmemic on Nov 12, 2017
    hey !! I LIKE it like that !! I'm jealous..I've never had luck trying to crackle paint anything !! Not fair !!

  • Sharon Sharon on Nov 12, 2017
    Did you strip this piece first? Think this could possibly be an oil-based stain and finish, and the new paint being softer crackled.
    I would strip it using a stripper that says it removes stain, or at least strip the crackle off and sand, and then prime the whole piece with 2 coats of Zinseer B-I-N

  • Bijous Bijous on Nov 12, 2017
    Antique furniture such as this was finished with shellac. You can't lightly sand shellac and then paint a water base over it or you will have this crackling. You will need to use an oil based paint or strip to bare wood.

    • John Biermacher John Biermacher on Nov 13, 2017
      I think this is the most likely explanation and your solutions will work. I would give Nnettat's deglosser a try because it is easier (wipe-on) and if it works she won't have to buy more paint.

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Nov 12, 2017
    My advice is to strip it down to bare wood with Citristrip, clean it, and sand it before applying any new finish.

  • Nnettat Nnettat on Nov 12, 2017
    Try using a "Deglosser" aka liquid sander. I have just finished stripping molding, from floor to crown, with deglosser. Walnut stain, oil-based of course, topped with matte polyuretahane. Deglossed. (Follow directions on the bottle!) I used oil based primer. Followed up with a paint with primer. Beautiful!
    BUT..... you might want to look into paints use for repainting kitchen cabinets. A friend went to Sherwin-Williams store and got directions and all chemicals & paints needed. Hers came out great.

  • Donna Powell Donna Powell on Nov 13, 2017
    I have only seen this happen when there is an oil based finish underneath. When that happens you always have to strip the piece back to the bare wood, thoroughly clean, and start all over with a primer before painting. The crackled looks is not bad but if it is not your vision for this piece you may have to start all over. Good luck getting the new look you were after.

    • Maritza Barnhill Maritza Barnhill on Nov 13, 2017
      HI I kinda like it too but I don’t know if I want it all over lol maybe I’ll try painting it again and if it crackles then maybe ill leave it that way on the top I painted it with a dark stain it probably would look great , thank you !!

  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Nov 14, 2017
    You may be using a latex based primer with an oil based top coat - or vice versa.

  • Smartpazzler Smartpazzler on Nov 14, 2017
    I like it crackled!

  • Reina Mejia Reina Mejia on Aug 03, 2021

    hello. I just noticed this question and I am not a pro. however, when the painted surface has that kind of alligator pattern is due to lead. I suggest you check it out., I may be wrong. icon icon

  • Em Em on Aug 03, 2021

    I love the crackle look. You put paint on top of a glossy or varnished type of finish. If you want it smooth sand it off and paint.