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Theme: paints and finishes

Fashion is always strong in the paint sector, with demand for an ever-changing choice of colours. But behind the scenes, the technicians grapple with the physics and chemisty of providing long-lasting protection against the elements Take a look at early 20th century architectural specifications. In the painting clauses will be complete instructions about how white lead has to be mixed with so much linseed oil and turpentine and so much pigment, and for how long the resulting paint has ...

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