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Peeling

A problem where the dried film of a finish comes loose in flakes or sheets.

Petroleum Spirits

See Mineral Spirits

pH Value

A scale measuring the acidity or alkalinity of a material, which is determined by the amount of hydrogen ion it contains. A pH rating over 7 is considered alkaline, below 7 is considered acidic and 7 is considered neutral.

Photo-Sensitive

The sensitivity of a material that causes it to get lighter or darker when exposed to light.

Pin Holes/Pin Lines

Tiny holes or lines in finish caused by finish sinking into low or less dense areas. This can be corrected by applying an additional coat of finish.

Plank

Flooring boards that are usually 3" to 8" wide and installed in parallel rows.

Polyurethane

Several units of urethane chemically joined together and able to solidify.

Polyurethane

The most common type of finish. It is very durable, low maintenance, and is available in water-based or oil-based formulas.

Powdering

When finish or other materials are disintegrated to the point where they become a fine powder.

Prefinished

Flooring that is finished completely before being sold to a consumer and requires no sanding or finishing after installation.

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