industrial painting termsThe paint industry is filled with terminology and labels that many of us if we’re honest, turn a blind eye to. 

However, knowing some of the most used terminologies, especially when dealing with industrial paints, can help you to make a more informed decision. 

From primers to sealers, undercoats, opacity, and more, in this post, we provide our top 20 industrial paint supplier terms, giving you the inside scoop on industry talk! 

Top 20

  1. Primer. Priming is one of the first steps that should be carried out before any painting takes place. It’s what helps to achieve a high-quality paint job. A primer is the first coat of paint that is applied to any surface. Primers have a range of qualities and, as such, prevent moisture from reaching the surface, sealing the surface, and prevent the topcoat from absorbing straight into the surface.   
  2. Sealer. Used when surfaces are uneven, sealers are specialist primers that allow a topcoat to be evenly applied, providing a high-quality finish. Sealers should be used where a hairline crack or hole on the surface, that has been filled with putty, now needs covering so that when the top and final coat of paint is applied, it isn’t absorbed into the putty or the putty is still visible through the paint.   
  3. Undercoat. An undercoat helps to hide any imperfections, providing an even layer that protects against moisture.  Undercoating can be invaluable forachieving a first-class finish. Undercoats are primarily used on timber and metallic surfaces to prevent water damage and corrosion (also often applied after priming).   
  4. Topcoat. Your topcoat is your actual paint colour. The colour you have chosen for your walls, furniture, or specific products. We’d recommend applying your topcoat twice for a more vibrant and even finish.   
  5. Odourless. Industrial paints have an overpowering smell, which can be harmful if not used in a well-ventilated area. The good news is that paints are now available with an odourless smell while still providing high-quality colours.   
  6. Anti-mould. Paint that has been specifically designed for high moisture areas can be invaluable. Protect kitchen ceilings and bathrooms etc. with specially formulated anti-mould paint.   
  7. Washable. Washable paint, for some, can be a godsend. Resistant to stains with the ability to wash off any dirt or grime without ruining the colour of your walls could be a lifesaver.   
  8. Weather ready. When painting exterior surfaces, a much more durable and robust paint will be required. One that can withstand rain, dirt, humidity, fungus, algae, and more!   
  9. Caulking. Caulking is a flexible filler that helps to waterproof any gaps around or between building materials.   
  10. Gloss. Gloss refers to the different levels of shine a paint can offer. For example, you can purchase paint in matt, low sheen, satin, semi-gloss, and high gloss (high gloss is the hardest wearing and easiest to keep clean).   
  11. Rollers. Paint Brushes that roll with the use of a handle. Rollers come in a variety of widths as well as different materials designed to suit different paints and different surfaces.   
  12. Solvents. Solvents are strong substances that are used to clean up paint. For oil-based paints, the solvent used is turpentine, and for acrylic paint, it is water.   
  13. Nap. Nap refers to the length of the fibres on a paint roller. For gloss finishes, short nap rollers are recommended. For sheen and matt paints, use a medium nap, and for rough-textured surfaces, a long nap should be used.   
  14. Opacity. This is the volume or area that your paint will cover. For example, paint with a high opacity will need fewer coats to cover over a dark colour.   
  15. Acrylic. Paint that is water-based and water-resistant.   
  16. Dipping. In this instance, objects are dipped into paint, rather than using a brush or roller to paint them.   
  17. Enamel. A paint that helps to produce a smooth and robust finish. Most suitable for windows and doors.   
  18. Oil-based paints. Paint pigments are used and suspended in a drying oil to achieve an excellent overall outcome.   
  19. Pigments. Solid materials that are added to paint to give it the desired colour.  
  20. Tint. A material that is added to a base paint to help achieve a final colour. Colours are primarily achieved using various tints. 

Industrial paint suppliers, Centre Colours, are the leading UK pigment dispersion specialists. Providing pigment dispersion services to the ink, paint, and coatings industry, find out about our services by checking us out online or call us on 01977 685458, we’d be happy to help. 

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