10 Common Painter’s Terms and What They Mean
Learning about any industry or job will expose you to slang and jargon you don’t know. It’s the language of the industry and the workers who participate in it. To outsiders, it might seem like the painters working at your house are speaking a different language when they talk about what paint products they’re using and how they’re conducting their work. Here are a few painter’s terms you might want to know before contractors appear at your home:
Bleeding: The residues of a previous coat or markings are coming through the outer paint coat. When a darker color is showing through a lighter-colored fresh paint coat, the darker color is ‘bleeding’ through the newer coat..
Bump it: Give the surface one coat of paint. When someone says, ‘just bump it,’ they mean throw a quick layer of paint on the surface and call it good.
Size line: Painting around the top edge of the trim. Usually, painters tell each other to do a size line near the end of the day when they don’t have time to fully paint the trim of an interior room, but they still want to get the room wallpapered the next day.
Hardness: Describes paint and its ability to resist dents, scratches, and marring.
Orange peel: When the paint film has the roughness of an orange because of poor roller or spray application.
Runs: Blemished or otherwise compromised paint film usually caused by excessive paint coating and flow.
Sags: Excessive paint flow on the surface, which causes runs or sagging in the paint film due to too heavy a coat of paint or using too much paint thinner.
Seeds: Small granules or particles contaminating paint, varnish, or lacquer other than the dust that inevitably contaminates paint.
Shellac: A sealer or finish for floors or sealing knots usually found in the form of thin flakes. This natural resin is derived from a resinous substance called Lac.
Mineral spirits: Any common mineral solvent usually used for cleaning oil-based paints and varnishes—also used as a paint thinner. As the painters will surely warn you, beware when they break out the mineral spirits. Mineral spirits have a strong odor and can cause harm if inhaled or ingested.
Easing oil: Paint thinner or substance used to thin paint, such as mineral spirits.
Satin: Smooth finish with an increased gloss and better washability than flat, eggshell, matte, and other finish paints.
Flashing: The paint hasn’t covered the surface properly, or the surface shows through where it has been touched up.
Pickle: When you accidentally soak paint rollers in paint overnight, making them unusable.
Communicating with Your Painting Contractor
Hopefully, these painter’s terms make it a little easier to understand what your painting contractor tells you when they’re making their estimates or working on your home. Remembering just a few terms during the process can help you better communicate with the painting experts and understand their jargon. Of course, they will be glad to explain anything you don’t understand, so don’t hesitate to ask questions.
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Painting Over a Dark Color with a Light Color: A Guide
If you want to replace your forest-green wall with a misty aqua color, you might be afraid of that forest green showing through your desired lighter color. I understand. Painting over a dark color with a lighter color without the hue from the base layer bleeding through and affecting the new look can be tricky.
But contrary to popular belief, it can be done and it’s not as difficult as you think. All you need to paint your wall a lighter color without the old dark color shining through are a few supplies and some time and energy. Choose a white (not grey) primer, a good paint roller and tray, maybe a little caulk or spackle for any wall damages that need repair, and then follow three steps:
1. Fill Holes, Sand, and Make the Surface Even
In this case, you’ll want to treat the surface like any other that you would paint. Fill any holes in the wall with caulk or spackle, depending on the size of the holes, and sand the spackle or caulk smooth again. Look for rough patches on the wall, uneven surfaces, holes, etc.—anything your new paint won’t bind to like it would a normal wall. Make the wall surface as even and flat as possible. If you see your old paint flaking or peeling off, scrape it, and remove it.
Neglecting to prime is a common mistake people tend to make when painting. It’s important to use a white primer when painting over a dark color with a light one. If you were doing the opposite—painting over light colors with dark ones—you’d use a grey primer. The reason why priming is especially important when painting over a dark color is that it acts as a protective layer between the dark and light colors. When dry, you’ll see your light color come out true to what it’s supposed to look like. Dark base layers can mute your new light colors. A white primer helps mitigate this common problem.
3. Roll it Right
Now it’s time to roll on the new paint. When you’re rolling, use wide ‘M’ or ‘W’ shapes. This helps mark which spots need to be filled in and helps ensure even coverage of the surface. When you re-load the roller, use the slanted part of the rolling tray to remove some of the paint from the roller. This gives you a more controlled stroke when you’re painting and helps prevent drips and uneven sections. When using a roller, there’s a risk for what painters call ‘roller lines,’ which are exactly what they sound like. Controlling how much wet paint is on your roller is one way to avoid these lines. After you’re done rolling over your wall, let it dry.
4. Second Coat and Touch-Ups
It’s up to you and your powers of observation to decide if you want to put another paint coat on. You may only need to touch up a couple of areas. Anywhere the dark paint is still showing through or affecting your latest coat, paint over again. It’s important to let the first coat dry before you decide if you need a second coat. Paint colors change as they dry, and you won’t know what the finished product looks like until the paint completely dries.
These four, easy steps should ease some trepidation about painting a light color over a dark color. There’s no reason why your paint color choice should be affected by the hue you already have on your walls.
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