Adhesion, bleeding, curing –

What do they have in common?  They are the first three words I chose to be a part of our glossary of furniture paint and stain related terms.  I am calling the series “Wednesdays – What does it mean?


Wednesday’s – What Does It Mean will go further than just the definitions of adhesion, bleeding, and curing.

We are building a glossary of furniture painting terms.  While a quick Google search will give you a definition, we are going to annotate to include what the word means within the niche market of furniture painting.

So, let’s get to it!

ADHESION: The ability of a coating (paint or stain) to remain attached to a surface.

Adhesion is probably the single most important property of a paint or stain.

The adhesion of CeCe Caldwell’s Chalk + Clay Paint is so good because of the various minerals we use.  They mix together and snug all up with each other giving a stable homogeneous blend that fills the tiniest of gaps to grip the surface you are painting.  We use 4 different minerals for the best mix and strongest adhesion.    

BLEEDING: Discoloration caused by migration of components from within the wood or the underlying film.

Wood tannins and deposits from cigarette smoke are the most common cause of bleeding on furniture.   

CURING: Final conversion or drying of a coating material.

The chemical reaction of paint during the drying process.  Once the process is complete the paint has cured and is fully dried.

All of our water-borne products have a 4 week cure time.  That is when they reach their strongest.  You can use a piece of furniture prior to that, but be gentle with it as the paint is still in it’s infancy.  

Are there words that you have wondered what they mean within the furniture painting industry?  Let us know on Facebook and we will include them soon.