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A protective or decorative layer placed on the surface of another material (substrate). Many type of materials are used for coatings. Examples are fabrics, metals, paints, varnishes and polymer films. Coatings may be draped, painting, sprayed, baked, shrink-wrapped, or vapor deposited onto the substrate.

Synonyms and Related Terms

coat; surface coat; Anstrich (Deut.); enduit (Fr.); revêtement (Fr.); recubrimiento (Esp.); rivestimento (It.); revestimento (Port.)

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
  • ASTM, "Standard Terminology Relating to Paint, Varnish, Lacquer and Related Products", Annual Book of ASTM Standards, Section 6, Paints, Related Coatings and Aromatics, ASTM, D16, 7-Jan, Jul-96
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998

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