Paint Terms

When reading the paint can, you may come across one or more of these interior paint terms:

Hiding power – The ability of a paint to obscure or hide the surface to which it is applied. Hiding power is provided by the paint’s pigment. Hiding power is affected by how thickly the paint tends to apply and how well brush marks flow out.

Adhesion – The ability of the paint to grip or adhere to a surface.

Spatter resistance – The tendency of paint to throw off small droplets during application, particularly by roller. Paints with good spatter resistance are easier and more pleasant to use.

Color acceptance – The development to its full intended color whether application is by spray, brush or roller.

Touchup – The capability of paint to produce the same appearance when used for touchup as when the paint was originally applied.

Stain resistance – The capability of the paint to resist retention of household dirt and stains.

Stain removability – The ease with which stains, dirt or grime can be removed from the surface.

Scrub resistance – The capability of the paint to maintain its color when subjected to repeated washing or scrubbing.

Burnish resistance – The capability of a paint to resist taking on an increase in gloss or sheen when subjected to rubbing, scrubbing or bumping an object against it.

Block resistance – The capability of a paint, when applied to two surfaces, not to stick to itself upon contact when pressure is applied. Good block resistance helps keep a door or window from sticking.

Print resistance – The ability of a paint to resist marking or taking on the imprint of an object that is placed on it, such as a shelf with books on it.