Acrylic:a polymer made from acrylates typically used in common coatings, both solvent-based or water-based.
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Combustible: a V.O.C. with a flash point above 100 degrees F.
Coverage:a measurement of area that can be covered by a product, while still meeting the appropriate thickness for product specifications (example: 400 sq ft/gallon)
Cure:when the product has cross-linked to the point of continuous film.
Dry Film Thickness:a measurement of cured product, after the Volatile Compound has evaporated (example: 16 mils DFT)
Flammable:a V.O.C. with a flash point less than 100 degrees F.
Flash Point:the temperature at which a V.O.C. will flash--ignite-- in the presence of a spark.
Mils:the thickness of a coating, as applied, 1/1000 of an inch
Percent Volatile:the percent of a coating that will evaporate.
PPM:parts per million
Specific Gravity:the density of a substance (weight per unit volume); a measurement that relates to water.
Tack-Free:when a product is dry "to touch".
TCC:Tag Closed Cup, a measurement of Flash Point
TLV:Threshold Limit Value--exposure limit of solvents (example: 15 mg/m3).
Vapor Density:the weight of the vapor in a given volume.
Vapor Pressure:the pressure of the vapor as it escapes the liquid.
Viscosity:a measurement of liquid flow, reported in KU (Krebs Units) or seconds (#4 Ford cup).
V.O.C.:Volatile Organic Compound, typical solvents
Weight/Gallon:a measurement of the weight (pounds) in a gallon of product, (example: 7.5#/gal.)

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