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Basic Painting Vocabulary: What Is Your Painter Saying?

House Painting - Painting Vocabulary A - Z IconChanging the colors of the interior or exterior of your home can be a great way to a spruce up your home and ensure that it’s looking great.

Hiring a professional painting contractor in Sandy Springs can help you get a professional finished look throughout your home.

But you should make sure that you know what your contractor is talking about when he or she shows up at your home.

Basic Painting Vocabulary

Here is some of the basic painting vocabulary that you should know to help understand what your contractor is telling you.

Drop Cloths

Drop cloths are used to protect your furniture, floors, and shrubbery. Many painters use plastic covers, but you can also use cotton ones. Professionals will also employ either masking tape or paint guides to ensure that your possessions are protected throughout the process.

Spackling Paste

Before painting anything, your painter should use spackling paste, a putty knife, and caulking gun to fill nail holes and small imperfections along your walls.

Glazing Compound

A glazing compound can be used when you have cracked, broken, or missing glass panes. If your painter will be working on glass panes, he or she should use the glazing compound on it first.


You can add a lot of different textures to your wall to add more depth and interest to it, but it will probably end up costing more money.

Talk to your contractor about textures that they have experience doing and would feel comfortable doing for you. You could get a Venetian plaster look, marbled finish, or other texture that you enjoy.


Primer is the first layer that goes on your walls to ensure that the paint will go on evenly. It gives you a solid base while sealing any stains. Professionals tend to use alkyd or alcohol primers.

Speaking with your painting contractor shouldn’t be confusing. Remember these painting vocabulary terms, and don’t be afraid to ask your contractor about the equipment or techniques that he or she is using on your home.

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