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Acrylic:

A synthetic resin widely used to produce quality paints.

Adhesion:

Describes the ability for the paint / topcoat to bond / “grip” to the substrate.

Bitumen:

A resin used in waterproofing compounds.

Chalking:

The formation of a powdery coating on the surface of a paint film, caused by the disintegration of the binder due to weathering.

Corrosion:

The deterioration of metals due to oxidation, pollution and weather factors (rain, salt, air & sun). Corrosion can show itself as pitting or cracking, discoloration, or just general deterioration. Common examples include rust creep, under rusting and flash rust.

Epoxy:

A specialised paint drying to a very hard finish. Epoxy paints are supplied in two packs, one pack containing the base component while the other contains the catalyst (also called hardener or curing agent).

Galvanized Iron:

Metals that have a tightly adherent, transparent film applied after manufacture to protect it from corrosion. This is a temporary corrosion preventative coating that should be cleaned, primed and coated, particularly in coastal regions.

Hairline Cracks:

Small, insignificant cracks in the surface or paint film.

Hiding:

The ability of a coating to obliterate the substrate.

Intercoat Adhesion:

Usually refers to the ability of the topcoat adhering to the primer.

Nano Technology:

Revolutionary Nano Technology is technology on a very small scale. It is the art and science of building complex, practical substances with atomic precision.

Peeling:

Delamination of a coating from the substrate.

Polyurethane:

A film forming material used in a wide range of coatings.

Solvent:

A volatile liquid used to dissolve the binder of the paint, that evaporates during drying and therefore does not become part of the dried film.

Substrate:

The material / surface that you are painting on.

Surface Preparation:

The sequence of operations necessary to ensure the successful performance and lifespan of any coating.