The formation of cracks on the surface of paint layers.
Origin of alligatoringFrom the resemblance of the cracks to the pattern of an alligator's scales.
- (painting) A pattern of cracking of paint on a surface leaving roughly hexagonal areas of uncracked paint.
- (roofing) The cracking of the surfacing bitumen on a bituminous roof or coating on a SPF roof, producing a pattern of cracks similar to an alligator's hide.
alligator +"Ž -ing, from the similarity in appearance to an alligator's skin