The biggest problem with repairing cracks in ceilings and walls is that they always come back. The most popular methods of fixing cracks involve the use of spackle or drywall tape. The problem with these materials is that they’re rigid. To get rid of ceiling cracks for good, you need to fill them with a flexible material that will stretch when the walls move.
After years of fixing the same drywall cracks over and over again, I finally found a product to eliminate those annoying cracks once and for all, Big Stretch Sealant. The great thing about this product is that anyone can use it. Even if you’ve never filled a crack in your life, you’ll be successful because it’s as easy as spreading mayonnaise on bread. So if you can do that, you’re good to go.
Big Stretch is different from regular caulk which has a short working time and a thick texture. Big Stretch truly has the consistency of mayonnaise and stays open for several minutes. It does, however, require two or three coats because it shrinks at it dries, so allow a couple of days for this process before painting your walls.
Supplies to fix drywall cracks
- Big Stretch Sealant
- caulk gun
- paint brush
- putty knife
How to fix ceiling cracks for good
1. Prepare the crack by scraping off loose particles
You can use a putty knife or screwdriver. Here’s the before shot of the ceiling.
2. Use a paintbrush to remove dust from the crack
3. Apply Big Stretch sealant to the crack
4. Remove the excess with a putty knife, damp sponge or your fingers
I prefer using a putty knife.
5. Let dry overnight
Big Stretch will shrink as it dries. This is what it looks like after the first coat dries.
6. Go over the crack again and let dry overnight
Some cracks might require a third coat.
7. Once the crack is filled in, paint your walls a divine color
This one is called Watermelon Pink. See—no more cracks! And it’s still holding up after going through a couple of earthquakes.