yachtpaint.com Glossary of Terms - F

Alphabetical index of marine painting terms used in the construction, maintenance and repair of boats.



Fade
Reduction in brightness of colour


Fadeometer
Device for measuring colour retention or fade resistance


Fallout (Spray)
Overspray


Feather Edge
Tapered edge


Filler
Extender, bulking agent; ingredients added to paint to increase coverage, reduce cost, achieve durability, alter appearance and influence other desirable properties


Film
Any single coat or layer of paint applied to a surface, rather than a 'paint scheme'


Film Build
Dry thickness characteristics per coat


Film Former
A substance which forms a skin or membrane when dried from a liquid state


Film Integrity
Degree of continuity of film


Film Thickness gauge
Device for measuring film thickness above substrate ; dry or wet film thickness gauges are available


Fish Eye
Cratering


Flaking
Disintegration in small flakes


Flashing
Non-uniform sheen is noted in irregular areas caused by inadequate and non-uniform priming and resultant loss of vehicle into substrate


Flash Point
The temperature at which a flammable liquid produces sufficient vapour to allow ignition by a small external flame or spark


Flash Rusting
Rapid surface rusting of freshly prepared steel usually caused by rainwater, condensation or grit blasting


Floating
Separation of pigment colours on surface


Force Drying
Acceleration of drying time by increasing the temperature and forced air circulation available