So you don't look like a complete rookie around the shop, here are some terms you need to know. Now go impress your friends!
* Blow-Throughs: Tiny bits of color that show up where you don't want them, caused from improper masking.
* Cutting: Using coarse liquid compound as a polishing agent.
* Drop Shadow: An airbrushed soft line around a graphic used to provide depth.
* Eraser Wheel: Rubber wheel attached to an air tool, used to remove double-face tape and striping without damaging the underlying paint.
* Overspray: Unwanted excessive paint that usually shows up as a fine mist or haze on glass or unpainted areas.
* Fan: The area of paint spray that comes from the end of your paint gun tip. Seen in a triangle pattern width is measured 12 inches from the air cap.
* Fine Line Tape: Tape used for masking artwork and graphics. Available in 3/4-, 1/2-, 1/4- and 1/8-inch widths and constructed of either vinyl or paper.
* Flashtime: The period of time it takes for a paint product to dry.
* Jambs: Inside edge areas of fenders, doors, hood, engine compartment, and tailgate.
* Nib: Piece of dirt in paint.
* Pounce Wheel: Small round wheel with points at the end of a handle, used to perforate paper.
* Pounce Bag: Small cloth bag filled with colored chalk dust. Tap this bag on a perforated pattern to create a dotted outline to follow.
* Rubbing: The process of copying artwork from one side of a truck to make a perfect pattern, so it can be transferred to the other side. Common method uses a piece of paper laid over the graphic that is rubbed with a crayon, creating a pattern of the graphic onto the paper.
* Scuffing Paste: Abrasive paste used in con-junction with a Scotchbrite pad to leave the proper finish for the new paint to stick.
* Swirls: Circular hazy pattern commonly left from wool buffing pads and compound.
* Wax & Grease Remover: Solvent applied to a panel to remove dirt and fingerprints prior to painting.