I really hope that someone here can help me. We had a house built 7 years ago. Since then I have many cracks appearing around the installed bathtub (one of those plastic, all in one tubs)and, have seams showing from the plaster board that was installed. In fact, wherever there was joint compound used, there are now cracks.

How do I prepare the wall prior to painting it to eliminate the cracks from reappearing? I thought just use joint compound over it but, thought I would ask some of the groups experts first. I don’t really want it to happen again over time.

Thanks so much in advance for taking the time to read about my problem. I look forward to hearing some answers.

If you do some poking around in the cracks you should be able to find out if they taped the seams. If they did not you will have to tape them to make the cracks go away. Another thing to check is if the tub is moving around. They should have anchored it to the studs, but you never know these days.

Thanks for the advice. I think I can see that there was no tape used prior to painting. If I add the tape, I would have to sand it afterward, right? And no, my tub isn’t moving, thank goodness!