Glossary

Painting

Cleanup

Cleanup

Removal of any painter’s tape, plastic covers, drop cloths, and equipment. John Moore will also move your furniture back to the wall at this point in the project. By this point, your walls should be dry and we will inspect the area for any spilt paint or mistakes.

Drying period

Drying period

Latex based paints typically dry overnight and are dry to the touch by the time John Moore’s painters leave your home. However, each paint will vary slightly due to slight changes in chemical makeup. Be sure to check the paint can itself for the most accurate drying estimate. Be careful not to smudge or scrape any painted surfaces during the drying period.

Fan Deck

Fan Deck

Stacks of color card swatches that allow you to customize and select the colors you want for your home painting project.

Latex paint

Latex paint

NVOC paint made with latex as its base. This paint is common for both indoor and outdoor use and lasts longer than older paint mixtures.

Nonvolatile organic compound (NVOC)

Nonvolatile organic compound (NVOC)

Modern safety standard for most home and exterior paints. NVOC paints do not emit toxic fumes and are not harmful to pets or humans. Can be used indoors without problems, although homeowners may still want to keep the home ventilated during painting if they are sensitive to strong smells.

Oil Paint

Oil Paint

Typically more volatile than latex, this paint can emit noxious fumes, making it important to ventilate the home and wear protective masks when painting. Homeowners are discouraged from using this type of paint if they are sensitive to strong smells or have ongoing upper respiratory medical concerns.

Overspray

Overspray

Typically caused by inexperience or poor attention to detail, overspray happens when a painter paints over surfaces not intended as part of the overall project. Fixtures, furniture, molding and electrical outlets can all be subject to overspray.

Paint Finish

Paint Finish

Also referred to as Paint Sheen, a paint’s finish is the surface quality of the paint in terms of glossiness and range from flat (no gloss) to high-gloss. Different paint finishes are essentially achieved by adjusting the ratio of pigment to binding agent.

  • Flat - Also referred to as a Matte Finish, paint with a flat finish has the least amount of glossiness or shine. Because it reflect little light, flat finish paint is ideal to hide imperfections and is great to use on highly textured walls. Flat finish paint is more difficult to keep clean, so it may not be the best to use in high traffic areas such as bathrooms or kitchens.
  • Eggshell - Also referred to as a Satin Finish, paint with an eggshell finish has slightly more luster and shine than flat finish paint. Eggshell finish paint also can be cleaned away more easily, usually only requiring a wet rag to wipe off marks and stains. Paint with an eggshell sheen is ideal for most interior applications and is often used for bathrooms, kitchens, game rooms, and kids’ rooms.
  • Semi-Gloss - Although semi-gloss paint is tougher and shows less wear than both eggshell and and flat finish paint, the way it reflects the light of a room can make imperfections more visible. Because semi-gloss paint is easy to clean, however, it is a great choice for high traffic areas such as kids’ rooms, bathrooms, and kitchens.
  • Gloss - Paint with a gloss sheen has a shiny quality to it and is typically reserved for trim and furniture. But if you want rooms that pop for a glamorous look, you can use gloss paint on your walls and cabinets.
  • High-Gloss - High-gloss paint is very durable but shows the most imperfections. Although many homeowners find high-gloss paint too shiny to cover the walls of an entire room, its durability makes it ideal for components of the home that are moved and touched often, such as doors and cabinets.

Painter’s tape

Painter’s tape

Protective tape used to outline an area designated for a painting project. Painter’s tape keeps crown molding, electrical outlets, and any other areas along a wall to be left blank or unpainted clean. Can also be used when painting multi-tone projects.

Power wash

Power wash

A highly pressurized water bath for exterior home surfaces used to remove all dirt and weathering before applying paint. A power wash may sometimes be sufficient to bring a home back to its former glory even without paint, but it is also the first step in the painting process. As the name suggests, power washes work through the application of a high-pressure jet of water, acting as a kind of chisel to chip away at layers of dirt.

Preparation

Preparation

Can include power washing, sanding, and cleaning surfaces to allow smooth application of paints and stains.

Satin

Satin

See eggshell

Sheen

Sheen

The final layer added to any paint project. Used to add or prevent reflection for surfaces. Ranges from flat to glossy and high gloss, with some variation existing between each of these categories.

Volatile Organic Compound Paint

Volatile Organic Compound Paint

Paint- including oil based paints- that emit fumes that can cause harm to humans and pets if inhaled in a closed, low air-flow environment.