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BENZINE: Often used as
a lacquer dilutent. Highly volatile and a fire hazard in
shipping and storing.
BENZENE: Powerful but
highly toxic and flammable solvent, usually restricted to
ingredient in paint that binds the pigment particles
BACK PRIMED: When a
coat of paint is applied to the back of woodwork and
exterior siding to prevent moisture from entering the wood
and causing the grain to swell.
staining through the top coat.
BLEACHING: The process
of restoring discolored or stained wood to its normal
color or making it lighter.
BLUSHING: A gloss film
turning flat or a clear lacquer turning white, usually
caused by moisture condensation during the drying process.
formation of bubbles or pimples on the painted surface
caused by moisture in the wood, by painting before the
previous coat has dried thoroughly, or by excessive heat
or grease under the paint.
BOXING: Mixing paint
by pouring from one container to another several times to
ensure thorough mixing.
BODY: The thickness or
thinness of a liquid paint.
ability or ease with which a paint can be brushed.
BREATHE: The ability
of a paint film to permit the passage of moisture vapor
without causing blistering, cracking, or peeling.
BRISTLE: The working
part of a brush containing natural bristle (usually hog
hair) or artificial bristle (nylon or polyester).
BRIDGING: Ability of
paint to span small gaps or cracks through its cohesion
and elastic qualities.
BUILD: Thickness or
depth of paint film.
BUBBLES: Air bubbles
in a drying paint film caused by excessive brushing during
application or by over vigorous mixing that results in air
BRUSH-OUT: A technique
sometimes used to influence a large sale, that consists of
brushing out a sample of paint onto a slab of wood or
other material so the customer can see how the finished
job will look.
BURNING IN: Repairing
a finish by melting stick shellac into the damaged places,
by using a heated knife blade or Iron.
BURNISHING: Shiny or
lustrous spots on a paint surface caused by rubbing.
BRUSH MARKS: Marks of
brush that remain in the dried Paint film.
Painting tips & tricks of
Paint without removing fixtures
To avoid having to remove fixtures before painting,
particularly when the pieces are difficult to get off,
nothing works like Vaseline petroleum jelly. Just spread it
on the surfaces to be protected before starting to paint and
when finished, clean the fixtures with a paper towel or a
Removing paint on glass and windows
It is well known that dried paint can be removed from glass
with a razor blade. If the glass objects are textured or
uneven, soak them in water and dishwasher liquid for a few
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