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Martha Stewart's Crackle Paint

I used the primer and then the crackle paint.  So far, it does not show any sign of crackling and its almost dry.

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Posted 2011-11-17T17:38:53+0000  by yoflo yoflo

Thanks for the feedback Judy!


You're right ... Behr had Crackle media on our shelves about that time.


The instructions were very specific ... and when you followed them, the results were great!



Posted 2012-09-27T13:21:05+0000  by Pat_HD_ATL
I have also used this product--primed and used the MS spatula --no crackling. Sanded the crackle paint off--re-primedwith 2 coats of primer then re applied the crackle--still nothing. I am at a loss at what to do other than resand the crackle off and throw the paint and primer away.
Posted 2012-10-30T20:19:36+0000  by cnelson716

Sorry to learn of your problem CNelson!


It appears that, like others, you've tried almost every available method to get this to work.


At this point, I would recommend you take your product back to The Store.


If you explain your problem to the Associate at the Customer Service desk, they should be able to assist you.


The Home Depot owns the customer service space in the home improvement industry, so when you follow application instructions from the product label and the product doesn't produce results as described by the manufacturer, there is absolutely no reason not to ask for assistance.


I personally apologize for the problem you've experienced, but also feel confident your Customer Service Associate will find a way to resolve the problem.

Posted 2012-11-01T13:26:14+0000  by Pat_HD_ATL

I bought the crackle paint and primer today. I followed instructions and NO CRACKLE!  I definitely DO NOT suggest using this product. I have used other crackle products in the past and this one is terrible. I am back to square one as to what I should do about this piece of furniture!

Posted 2012-11-13T03:41:44+0000  by redsox

Hello RedSox!


I am sorry to learn of your problem with ML Crackle.


My recommendation is you use The Home Depot's customer service process described above.


Again, I personally apologize for the problem.

Posted 2012-11-13T15:47:56+0000  by Pat_HD_ATL

The Home Depot in Yonkers, NY is currently selling the Martha Stewart crackle paint, but is not selling the Martha Stewart Primer.  When I asked an associate about this I was told that any primer would work with the crackle paint, and so I bought the paint.  


You need to do a better job of informing your own employees about the uses of the products they are selling. 

Posted 2013-03-13T16:37:58+0000  by scadenhead

Thanks for the feedback!


It has been my experience that ML Primer is required to create the crackle effect.


In addition, ML recommends you use art spatulas to apply the crackle media.


Several of my customers report using their own technique with poor results.


In "Do It Herself" classes at The Store, we had success using the exact technique and product described on the label.


If you cannot find a product at The Store, is a great alternative.

Posted 2013-03-14T14:47:23+0000  by Pat_HD_ATL

This junk doesn't work. Hardly ever buy without checking the reviews, but come on! This is Martha Stewart! Followed directions exactly. Lousy results like everyone else. It's going back and I'm going to Lowe's.

Posted 2013-03-15T22:08:18+0000  by jaybeeramzee

Honestly, This product is junk without a special tool.... I don't know why Home Depot insists on trying to sell it and saying it works. Firstly, I've tried it like 789437928 times now, exactly how the instructions say, exactly how my home depot assistant told me to do it, etc. It didn't work, it didn't crackle, I did EVERYTHING right.



I discovered a nifty trick, if anyone does want to buy this product and use it and it actually looks good.

After the primer dries, and you apply the putty, immediately get your blow dryer (note: this works on thin, or thickly applied) and blow dry it! Not the cool shot button, but I used the high setting of my blow dryer and it dried it right out, and it crackled and I applied the primer on top, just as it says! It looks great that way! However, I'm into shiny things... So I used Mod-Podge, or Deco-Podge as some call it, and glazed it over, giving it that shiny effect. 


Hope this helps! 

Posted 2013-06-04T06:19:21+0000  by Calliejune23

I used the MS primer and crackle paint and although it did crack, the overall look is horrendous since we put it on with something similar to a palette knife.  It turned out looking like an elementary school art project.


Can you provide any guidance on the best way to remove this from the furniture so I can re-do with regular paint?



Posted 2013-06-08T17:30:30+0000  by absolutjam
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