Japan color

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A pigmented varnish used for lettering, sign painting, and decorative work. Japan color dries quickly to a matte finish. It is usually protected with a coat of clear varnish.

Synonyms and Related Terms

japan colour (Br.)

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • 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