This glossary of Paint terms is one of the largest available on the Internet.

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Paint Terms Beginning with the Letter: P

PATCHING PLASTER: A special plaster made for repairing Plaster walls.

PAINT GAUGE: Instrument for measuring the thickness of paint film.

PEELING: Detachment of a dried paint film in relatively large pieces, usually caused by moisture or grease under the painted surface.

PAINT REMOVER: A compound that softens old Paint or varnish and permits scraping off the loosened material.

PINHOLE: Very small holes in paint film, usually not deep enough to show undercoat.

PIGMENTS: Paint ingredients mainly used to impart color and hiding power.

POLYURETHANE: Wide range of coatings, ranging from hard glossy enamels to soft flexible coatings. Good to very good adhesion, hardness, flexibility, and resistance. Surface preparation critical.

PLASTER OF PARIS: A quick setting, pure white powder, used to set bathroom wall fixtures such as towel racks or used by craft groups for pouring molds and making plaster objects.

POT LIFE: Amount of time after mixing a two-part Paint system during which it can be applied.

POLYVINYL ACETATE: A synthetic resin largely used as a vehicle for many latex paints. Often referred to as PVA.

PROPELLANT: The gas used to expel materials from aerosol containers.

PRIME COAT OR PRIMER: The first coat or undercoat that helps bind the top coat to the substrate.

PUTTY: Dough like mixture of pigment and oil used to set glass in window frames and to fill nail holes and cracks.

 

Painting tips & tricks of the day


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.

Shaking paint: inescapable...
When you buy paint, your retailer is always careful to mix it in an agitator. Old paint must also be shaken after the dried surface layer has been removed. The best "tool" to shake your old paint: a kitchen whip. Otherwise, any type of handle will do to stir in a figure 8, for a few minutes.
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

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