Rough Cracking Texture, Surface and Underlayer Considerations

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Please carefully read Crackle Surface Preparation and Protection. Proceed Crackle products are designed to produce consistent and controllable cracking patterns and dry to a very durable surface. Because Proceed cracking products adhere tightly to the substrate as they fracture, they stress the layers of paint and other products underneath. If there is a layer with weak adhesion, as the cracking texture moves and cracks as it dries, it can cause that layer to separate from what is beneath it and there will be a loss of adhesion.

Without knowing the history of the wall surface and underlying layers, it is difficult to predict 100% adhesion of the Proceed crackle materials. The most reliable success is always with new construction using only Proceed products.

If the history of the wall is not known, our best recommendation is to keep the crackle application thin - 25 mil or 58 sq. ft/gallon. For more information visit Crackle Surface Preparation and Protection. We tested several commercially available primers and base paint sheens to evaluate adhesion.

An important general rule to follow: When applying Rough Cracking and Smooth Cracking Textures:

  • If you go thick, you don’t need size.
  • If you use size, don’t apply thick.

For more information: Crackle: Minimum and Maximum Thicknesses.


8 sq. ft./gallon or 175 mil

Proceed Low Absorbency Base Paint. On the left, no Crackle Size. On the right, 1 rolled coat of Crackle Size beneath producing a slightly larger crackle effect. Actual sample is approx. 3" in height.
Commercially available basepaint in Flat, Satin, and Semi-Gloss with no Crackle Size applied. Actual sample is approx. 3" in height.
Commercially available basepaint in Flat, Satin, and Semi-Gloss with 1 rolled coat of Crackle Size applied. The Satin and Semi-Gloss applications are beginning to lose adhesion. Actual sample is approx. 3" in height.

19 sq. ft/gallon or 75 mil


58 sq. ft/gallon or 25 mil

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