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Paint terminology made simple

  -   A material similar to plastic used in the manufacturing of paint to increase both the sheen level and durability.

Acrylic eggshell  - The traditional term used by tradesmen for a moisture resistant, soft sheen emulsion.

Coverage - Often used to describe opacity, technically coverage is the amount of space (m²) covered per litre of paint. Coverage depends on several factors such as the absorbency of the material and the quality of the paint.

Eggshell  -  A soft sheen wood and metal finish that is resistant to condensation.A water based paint ideal for painting interior walls and ceilings.

Finish  -  The visual appearance of the dried painted surface.

Flat matt  -   An extremely low-sheen emulsion finish.

Gloss  -  A glass-like, high-sheen wood and metal finish.

Master finish  -  The Wickes stamp of approval signifying a quality, professional finish.

Matt  -  A low sheen emulsion finish.

Mist-coatMoisture resistance  -  The ability of a paint to repel water, therefore preventing the finish from moisture damage designed specificially for high condensation areas.

Opacity  -  The ability of the paint to cover what's underneath.

Satin  -  A mid sheen wood and metal finish.

Scrub resistance  -  The ability of a paint to resist scrubbing without damaging the colour or finish.

Sheen level  -  The level of 'shine' or 'reflection' of a finish.

Silk  -  A high sheen emulsion finish.

opcoat  -  The final coloured coat in the painting process.

Trim  -  A term used to describe paint for wood and metal detailing such as skirting boards, window frames and doors.

Undercoat  -  A coating below the coloured topcoat that provides adhesion and resistance against corrosion.