Fix difficult stress cracks with this easy tape solution.
Stress cracks are no fun and quite frankly an eye sore. Unfortunately, these difficult cracks are a cosmetic problem caused by truss uplifts that occur in homes when there is a significant change in temperature.
When a stress crack appeared in our new home, a general contractor told us there was nothing wrong structurally. Thank goodness! But it turns out that ugly drywall cracks need a specific type of repair. See how easy it is to fix a wall crack with stress crack tape.
Stress Crack Tape
Attempting to fix this crack repair at first proved to be a challenge. I tried using a joint compound, caulk, and other composite materials I could think of. Nothing worked until I discovered the beauty of stress crack tape.
I happened upon stress crack tape online and figured it was another thing to try. Little did I know it would be the best solution to my problem! The best price I have seen for this product is on Amazon.
After 6 months this crack is still concealed by the tape. It is easily one of the best ways to help with drywall repair that it had to be shared!
Supplies to Fix Your Stress Crack
- Stepsaver products self adhesive stress crack tape
- Damp cloth
- Paint roller
- Wall color paint
- Ladder - if your crack is up high
How to Use Stress Crack Tape
View my YouTube Video Demonstration Here
Clean the Wall
Wipe down the surrounding wall surface area of the crack with a lightly damp cloth. You do not want any dust, dirt or other particles interfering. Wait until the wall is dry.
Cut the Tape
Cut your stress crack tape according to the size you need. You can use multiple pieces for this - you just want the tape to lay flat.
This tape is ideal for flat surfaces, but can also be used with texture. Try to place the tape evenly right over middle of the crack. Use your finger to press the tape firmly to the wall. Make sure it is secure and smooth before applying paint.
Paint Over Tape
Coat a small paint roller with your wall paint color and roll directly over the tape. One coat may not be enough to thoroughly cover the stress crack tape. Wait for your first coat to dry and then apply another. I applied 2 coats of paint for good coverage.
Wait for it to dry and you are all done!
I love the end result with how the wall looks. If the sun is coming in and hits the tape just right that is the only time I have seen the tape. But you would have to know what you are looking for to find it.
Using this stress crack tape is ideal for small stress cracks. Depending on where your crack is and how visible, you might need to apply some additional joint compound for more blending over the top before painting.
This stress crack is in our keeping room. For more details on our keeping room check out my post here.
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