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What name is given to the faux painting effect created by using glazes and brushes to create a look like textured fabric?

Wednesday, November 29, 2017


Consisting of casein, clay, earth pigments and lime, this material is used mostly by decorative painters to create a flat, coarse finish on antiques and historic substrates.

Friday, September 8, 2017


What is the name of the painting technique that employs shades of grey to imitate sculpture?

Monday, June 5, 2017


True or false: The thin, pasty liquid used for adhering gold leaf and filling surface imperfections is called a starch coat.

Friday, April 28, 2017


True or false: According to a D+D article, “Polished concrete is gaining in popularity not only for its aesthetic potential, but also for its tolerance to moisture from within the concrete.”

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


What is a commonly used umbrella term for these decorative techniques: marmorino, marmarella, gesso fiorentino, stucco veneziano, antico, stucco lustro and spatulata?

Friday, January 13, 2017


True or false: Wood restoration products based upon epoxy resins do not degrade upon exposure to UV light.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016


What faux technique uses mineral pigment or raw silk fiber for veining?

Wednesday, November 23, 2016


What organization recently published Placing and Finishing Decorative Concrete Flatwork?

Thursday, October 13, 2016


True or false: Linseed oil built up in multiple coats on a wood floor is likely to be very glossy but not very slippery.

Friday, September 23, 2016


True or false: According to a recently published marketing study, the majority of architectural coatings is used on commercial and institutional buildings.

Thursday, September 22, 2016


In concrete polishing work, an appearance defined as a Level 4 sheen and a cream aggregate exposure is the most expensive to produce.

Monday, May 23, 2016


According to the Coatings Encyclopedic Dictionary (originally published by the FSCT, now part of the American Coatings Association), "Venetian mosaic" is a synonym for what?

Thursday, May 5, 2016


What organization has a subdivision that deals with decorative concrete?

Wednesday, March 23, 2016


True or false: Composition wood used for ornamental finishes has been employed for hundreds of years.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016


What is the name of a decorative plaster made from lime putty and crushed marble?

Friday, January 22, 2016


Brad Bowman is noted for developments in what area of decorative finishing?

Monday, November 30, 2015


The Decorative Concrete Council is a unit of what larger association?

Friday, November 20, 2015


What is scagliola?

Thursday, September 17, 2015


True or false: Among concrete polishing technologies, there are now polishable dyes and toppings.

Monday, August 31, 2015


What is the term for the decorative technique that employs glazes and brushes to create a look like woven linen?

Friday, June 19, 2015


True or false: Cement paint is supplied in dry powder form and sometimes incorporates pigments for decorative purposes, according to the Coatings Encyclopedic Dictionary.

Monday, June 8, 2015


True or false: According to a recent D+D article, maintenance procedures and costs for polished concrete floors can be up to 70% lower than for other floor coverings.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015


True or false: “Faux,” the French word for certain decorative coating techniques, literally means “fools the eye.”

Friday, May 22, 2015


True or false: Methyl methacrylate resins are sometimes used to formulate floor coatings.

Monday, February 9, 2015


True or false: In addition to gold, copper is sometimes used in thin leaf form for decorative purposes.

Friday, January 23, 2015


A thin, pasty liquid used for adhering gold leaf and filling surface imperfections is called what?

Tuesday, December 2, 2014


When assessing the moisture content of wood with a suitable moisture meter, what level of moisture is generally considered to be the upper limit for successful painting?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014


True or false: Acrylic binders are sometimes used in intumescent coatings for building interiors.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


True or false: Concrete repair materials can be made to match the color of the original concrete.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


What kind of plaster contains lime and marble dust?

Monday, October 20, 2014


What organization published 310R-13, Guide to Decorative Concrete?

Friday, August 15, 2014


What organization published the Guide to Decorative Concrete in December 2013.

Friday, June 27, 2014


What is another name for Portland cement plaster?

Friday, June 13, 2014


True or false: The French city of Lyon has established the first college focused on education and training in the creation of murals.

Friday, May 16, 2014


True or false: Scagliola is a faux version of marble.

Thursday, March 20, 2014


True or false: trompe l’oeil is a kind of Venetian plaster.

Thursday, February 13, 2014


True or false: Opaque stains have a more limited color range on concrete than acid stains.

Thursday, January 16, 2014


True or False: The veneer plaster marmorino is sometimes recommended for humid environments such as bathrooms.

Thursday, December 12, 2013


What organization focuses on stenciling and other decorative painting techniques?

Tuesday, October 15, 2013


What is another name for Portland cement plaster?

Thursday, September 26, 2013


True or false? Portland cement plaster is the main component of EIFS (exterior insulation and finishing systems).

Thursday, August 15, 2013


True or False? Anodizing of architectural aluminum is normally completed in a single-step process that produces both an oxide film and the desired color.

Monday, July 1, 2013


True or False? Marmorino, a veneer decorative plaster, was recommended for humid environments such as bathrooms in an article on specifying decorative finishes.

Friday, June 14, 2013


In a marketing study, what attribute of decorative concrete did contractors rate as the most valuable?

Tuesday, June 4, 2013


The Decorative Concrete Council is a unit of what larger association?

Thursday, May 16, 2013


According to the Coatings Encyclopedic Dictionary (originally published by the FSCT, now part of the American Coatings Association), "Venetian mosaic" is a synonym for what?

Tuesday, May 7, 2013


Why would integral coloring of concrete during mixing be preferable to use of dyes and stains on polished concrete substrates?

Wednesday, May 1, 2013


What is the literal translation of the decorative painting term “trompe l’oeil?”

Friday, April 12, 2013


What decorative artisan was named an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects?

Tuesday, April 2, 2013


In concrete polishing, what is the term used to describe the point when the diamond tool has refined the surface to the degree to which it no longer cuts, or cuts very little, under its current weight and variables as defined by the Concrete Polishing Association of America (CPAA)?

Thursday, March 21, 2013


A thin, pasty liquid used for adhering gold leaf and filling surface imperfections is called what?

Friday, March 15, 2013


True or false: Opaque stains produce color on a concrete floor by reacting chemically with the concrete.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013


In addition to gold, what other metal is applied as thin leaf for decorative purposes?

Thursday, January 10, 2013


True or false: In creating the best appearance on a concrete polished floor, it is more important to achieve a higher specular gloss value than it is to achieve a high distinctness of image value.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013


True or false: A recently developed wallpaper is made from gold leaf applied to canvas backing.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012


True or false: Little or no maintenance is required on a polished concrete floor.

Monday, November 5, 2012


What term is used by the Concrete Polishing Association of America to describe the condition when a diamond tool has refined a concrete surface to the point when it no longer cuts the surface, or cuts very little?

Thursday, October 25, 2012


Antico, marmarino, and spatulata, are examples of what type of decorative finish?

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


True or false: Abrasive blasting is sometimes used to impart a texture to concrete surfaces.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012


What do the following decorative treatments have in common: marmorino, marmerella, antico, and spatulata?

Thursday, June 14, 2012


True or false: Acid stains can produce a broader range of colors on concrete than opaque stains can.

Thursday, June 7, 2012


In decorative finishing, what is a “strie” effect?

Thursday, April 26, 2012


What decorative artisan recently was honored with the distinction of Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects?

Thursday, March 8, 2012


What is the name of a decorative plaster made from lime putty and crushed marble?

Wednesday, February 22, 2012


True or false: A high gloss finish on polished concrete is more slip-resistant than a medium gloss or semi-gloss finish.

Monday, February 20, 2012


True or false: Using dyes on concrete floors eliminates the non-uniformity of color that is a trademark of acid stains.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


True or false: Some types of stains react with concrete to produce color; other types achieve color without reacting with the concrete.

Monday, February 6, 2012


True or false: Polished concrete flooring is maintenance-free after it has been applied.

Friday, January 13, 2012


What magazine focuses on decorative concrete and hosts an annual show on the subject?

Friday, August 26, 2011


What is one difference between polished concrete and terrazzo?

Friday, July 15, 2011


What artisan in decorative and restoration arts was honored by the American Institute of Architects in 2009?

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


True or false: Acid stains can produce a broader range of colors on concrete than opaque stains.

Friday, May 20, 2011


True or false: Gloss level is the main measure of slipperiness in a polished concrete floor.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


True or false: Grinding, densifying, honing, and polishing is the typical sequence of surface preparation steps in creating a polished concrete floor.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


What is the main difference between diamond-polished concrete and terrazzo?

Thursday, February 17, 2011


What is scagliola?

Thursday, January 27, 2011


   
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