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.
Graining

Graining

Graining is the process of creating an artificial hardwood grain on a surface.

Graining can be used on wide range of materials including non-wood surfaces such as MDF or dry wall, as well soft wood that has a small grain. Graining has very little practical use so is solely for aesthetic purposes. If done properly it can give bland, unappealing surfaces the appearance of high quality oak.

Graining is achieved by painting and glazing a surface (normally with latex paints) then using specialised graining tools such as wood grain rockers and combs to mark the paint to resemble wood grain.

Graining can be a difficult process so it might be an idea to have plenty of practice on scrap materials before attempting it on the intended product. Thankfully, however, the final appearance of the product does not have to be exact or perfect, leaving room for user error.

Other terms

  • 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 […]

  • Semi-gloss

    Semi-gloss

    Gloss is a term that describes how much light can be reflected by a surface-so semi-gloss describes paint or coating that, when dry, has a slight sheen to it. This makes it a great compromise between a matte paint (that produces no sheen) and a gloss paint (that produces a lot of sheen and makes […]

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