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A liquid mixture composed of a colorant dispersed in a binder. Paint dries to form a decorative or protective film. It can be applied with a brush, roller, sprayer, or by dipping. Some types of paints are:

Natural binders: oil, wax, casein, Gouache, Tempera, watercolor.

Synthetic binders: alkyd, acrylic, latex, epoxy.

Synonyms and Related Terms

paints; peinture (Fr.)

Additional Information

National Paint, Varnish and Lacquer Association, 1500 R.I. Ave., Washington DC 20036


Websites of artist colours manufacturers

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 568
  • 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
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998