Fixing alligatored paint: any alternatives to stripping?
(fwiw, I mean *paint* stripping, not clothes stripping to make the $$ to hire someone to do the repair. :-)
The "side" trim around our front door is alligatored.
(By "side" trim, I mean the trim that's perpendicular to the door itself -- the trim that runs between where the storm door closes and the main front door is. I don't know if that's technically still the jamb of the front door. It's not the part that's invisible when the door is closed, but the part that's visible at the entry, but is perpendicular to the door itself.)
Normally, I would strip off the coats with a chemical stripper down to a solid surface, and then prime/repaint. However, my spouse wants it done ASAP, without the mess that the stripper might make.
And so I'm wondering if GardenWeb-bers know of any alternatives to stripping off the alligatored layer (?). Like maybe some new whiz-bang bonding primer that I can apply over the alligatored coat, that fills in the cracks, and won't take us as long to do as stripping (or be as messy).
If it makes a difference in terms of which repair method: I personally think that it's alligatoring because of temperature fluctuations over time, vs the other normal causes (as per http://homerepair.about.com/od/exteriorhomerepair/ss/paint_failures_2.htm). I cannot imagine the previous owner would have put an oil layer over a latex layer (given how long ago it would have been that he had the house last painted).
Thanks in advance for any ideas!