Glossary

Welcome to our wooden window restoration glossary page! Here you will find definitions for all the technical terms used in relation to sash windows refurbishment. We hope you find this helpful! We've collected a list of common sash window terms and their definitions to help you better understand the specific content thought-out our website and blog. The Glossary section of the website can be useful for you to quickly understand the meaning of unknown terms about wooden windows. The sash window glossary is a list of terms and their definitions, which can help you understand the content of our website. In addition, the Glossary can provide you with links to related articles from our window restoration blog, so you can explore the subject in more depth. If you're ever unsure about a term or concept, be sure to check the Glossary first.
Air-drying

Air-drying

Air drying describes a product that naturally dries primarily because of its exposure to the air at room temperature.

This is different to other products that might need heating or those that dry independently from the air. Air drying, although commonly used to describe paints, can also be used for glues, fillers and other products.

Air drying works by means of evaporation and/or dissipation, where particles move from high concentration to low. Because of this, for the best result with air drying paint or other products, allowance for ventilation is key.

This not only allows it to dry faster but also helps stop a build-up of potentially harmful substances that are evaporated. The time taken for a product to air dry will depend on the product used, the air temperature and the humidity of the area. Air drying products are the ideal choice for home decoration and renovation due to their time and labour reducing properties.

Other terms

  • Wood stain

    Wood stain

    Wood stain is a term that describes anything that colours wood. There are products that solely stain the wood but there are also others such as oils, varnishes and waxes that both stain and teat the wood (make it less absorbent and resistant to damage). Wood stains consist of a pigment or dye (for colour) […]

  • Undercoat

    Undercoat

    Undercoat refers to a layer of paint that is applied before the final coat and sometimes after a coat of primer. The undercoat is an important stage in painting a surface. It not only provides a smoother surface for the topcoat giving it a better finish easier application but can also assist in stopping the […]

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