Alligatoring - What is alligatoring?
Definition of ALLIGATORING:
The presence of large, thin cracks in a coating, adhesive, or plastic face material. The cracks form a network or pattern that resembles reptilian skin, such as that of an alligator. This can be caused by surface stress created by shrinkage in the surface itself or in an adjacent layer; this shrinkage is usually caused by a layer drying too quickly or by environmental factors including temperature, humidity, and exposure to UV light.Go Back to Glossary