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Paint Terms Beginning with the Letter: D

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,
 

DRY DUST FREE: That stage of drying when particles of dust that settle upon the surface do not stick to the paint film.
 

DRY TO HANDLE: That stage of drying when a paint film has hardened sufficiently so the object or surface painted may be used without marring.
 

DRY TO SAND: That stage of drying when a paint film can be sanded without the sandpaper sticking or clogging.
 

DRY 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.
 

DYE, DYESTUFF: A colored material used just to dye or change color with little or no hiding of the underlying surface.
 

DRY TACK FREE: That stage of drying when the paint no longer feels sticky, or tacky when lightly touched.

 

Painting tips & tricks of the day


Masking knots before painting
Knots in finished wood will appear sooner or later after painting. Before painting, seal the knots with a lacquer. It is the only liquid sealant that will efficiently seal in knot resin, without discoloring the finishing paint.

Choosing the right paint texture
Each paint finish has its own properties. The more matte the finish, the more it hides imperfections and uneven reflections, but it's less washable. The glossier the finish, the more washable it is, but also the more sensitive to imperfections and it will mask less efficiently. In order: glossy, semi-gloss, pearl, eggshell, satin, matte. Semi-gloss is best for hall walls and for windows and frames; use matte on ceilings and satin and pearl for the rest. Kitchens, bathrooms and basements have their own antifungal paints.

Drying paint and the temperature
Paint in a ventilated and temperate space. When temperatures are between 10C and 32C there's no risk, although 15c to 22C is ideal. Latex paint will dry in a few hours at this temperature. Oil-based paints will dry more rapidly in a warm, dry environment.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

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