Paint Terms Beginning with the Letter:
DRIER: A paint ingredient that aids the drying
or hardening of the film.
DISTRESSING: Treatment of furniture, used in
the process of antiquing, in order to make it appear older
than it is. Consists of marring the surface or applying
specks of glaze before varnishing,
DUST FREE: That stage of drying when particles
of dust that settle upon the surface do not stick to the
TO HANDLE: That stage of drying when a paint
film has hardened sufficiently so the object or surface
painted may be used without marring.
TO SAND: That stage of drying when a paint film
can be sanded without the sandpaper sticking or clogging.
TO RECOAT: That stage of drying when the next
coat can be applied.
DURABILITY: The ability of paint to last or
hold up well against destructive agents such as weather,
sunlight, detergents, air pollution, abrasion, or marring.
DYESTUFF: A colored material used just to dye
or change color with little or no hiding of the underlying
TACK FREE: That stage of drying when the paint
no longer feels sticky, or tacky when lightly touched.