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Lacquer A coating comprised of a synthetic film forming material which is dissolved in organic solvents and dries by solvent evaporation. The film remains susceptible to attack by the same or similar solvents. Typical lacquers include those based on nitrocellulose, other cellulose derivatives, vinyl resins, acrylic resins, etc.. See "Evaporative Coating."
Lacquer Thinner A blend of solvents used to reduce the viscosity of lacquer and/or eliminate blushing (see "Retarder").
Lap Marks Marks left when a coat of dye, stain, or finish, including paint, extends over an adjacent coat that has been allowed to dry too long.
Latex Paint Water-based paint made with a synthetic binder such as acrylic, vinyl-acrylic, or styrene acrylic latex. (see Polymer)
Lead-Free Contains, by weight, less than 0.5% lead for industrial products and less than 0.6% lead in consumer products.
Leafing Ability of flat pigments to align themselves more or less parallel with the coated surface. This property produces a reflective appearance of the film.
Level/Leveling Leveling leads to uniformity of the surface of the coating. Leveling measures the ability of a wet coating to flow out to a smooth film after application so as to avoid leaving any surface irregularities which have been produced by the mechanical process of applying the film, such as brush marks, roller marks, craters or orange peel from spraying. Also used to describe the process of sanding the surface of a finish flat prior to rubbing out.
Leveling agent Additive which is able to reduce the surface tension under dynamic and static conditions, to obtain an optimal wetting and leveling effect, and to improve the surface flow of the coating. Poor surface flow can induce coating defects such as orange-peel, craters, brush marks, etc..
Lifting Softening and raising or wrinkling of a previous coat by the application of an additional coat; often caused by coatings containing strong solvents. This is usually caused by applying strong solvented coating over a curing type coating (curing type coatings include catalyzed lacquer, urethane lacquer, polyurethane and enamels.)
Light Reflectance Value (LRV) The amount of light reflected from a coatinged surface. Usually reported as a percentage.
Lightfast A color/colorant which is not significantly affected by exposure to sunlight.
Liming Application of a white or off-white pigmented stain over sealed wood leaving the pores colored. Colored wax works as well and is reversible.

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