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Paint Terms Beginning with the Letter: G

GALVANIZED: A thin coating of zinc that covers iron or steel to prevent rust.

GLAZE: A term used to describe several types of finishing materials.

A glazing putty is of creamy consistency and is applied to fill imperfections in the surface.

A glazing stain is a pigmented stain applied over a stained, filled, or painted surface to soften or blend the original color without obscuring it.

A glaze coat is a clear finish applied over previously coated surfaces to create a gloss finish.

GRAIN RAISING: Swelling and standing up of the wood grain caused by absorbed water or solvents.

GLOSS: The luster or shininess of paints and coatings are generally classified as flat, semi-gloss, or gloss; the latter has the highest reflecting ability.

GLAZING COMPOUND: A putty used to set glass in window frames and to fill nail holes and cracks.

GLOSS METER: A standard scale for measuring the shininess light reflectance of paint. Different brands with the same description such as semi-gloss or flat may have quite different ratings on the gloss meter.

GROUND COAT: The base coat in an antiquing system that is applied before the graining colors, glazing, or other finish coat.

GRAINING: Simulating the grain of wood by means of specially prepared colors or stains and the use of graining tools or special brushing techniques.

 

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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