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abrasion

A wearing, grinding or rubbing away by friction.


abrasion resistance

The inherent ability of a coating or substrate to resist degradation or destruction by friction.


acid etching

The process of decorating glass, which involves the application of hydrofluoric acid to the glass surface.


acid polishing

A process used in the production of cut crystal to remove the opacity of etched surfaces where decoration has been applied. Items to be polished are immersed in a mixture of demineralized water, sulphuric acid and hydrofluoric acid, and then rinsed. There may be a single short immersion in a stronger solution, or a series of immersions in a weaker solution.


aciding


acuity

Sharpness


adhesion, intercoat

The ability of coatings to adhere one to another.


adhesion, intracoat

The ability of a coating film to maintain its internal integrity without separating or layering.


adhesion, mechanical

Attachment of a coating film to a surface by molecular attraction without altering the coated surface.


air line

An elongated bubble in glass.



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