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Used to color paint formulations; a distinction is usually made between a pigment, which is insoluble in the vehicle (resulting in a suspension), and a dye, which either is itself a liquid or is soluble in its vehicle (resulting in a solution).

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White Pigments
The most important color used in paint because it is used a great deal as a stand-alone color, but also forms the basis for many shades and tints.

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Black Pigments
Next to whites, blacks are probably the most important colors used in coatings and include carbon black, charcoal black, ebony, ivory black and onyx.

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Corrosion Inhibiting Pigments
Used to protect surfaces against chemical attack by water or other contaminants.

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Extender Pigments
Added to decorative paints to lower their raw material cost by replacing white pigments.

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Mettalic Pigments
Pigments that produce silvery and other metal-like effects.

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Red Pigments
Used for coloring paint reddish tones.

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Specialty Pigments
Used not for their color or opacity, but for the special properties that they give a coating.

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Iron Oxides
Chemical compounds composed of iron and oxygen. Many classic paint colors, such as raw and burnt siennas and umbers, are iron-oxide pigments.

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Blue Pigments
Used for coloring paint bluish tones and other shades.

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Green Pigments
Used for coloring paint greenish tones and other shades.

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Yellow/Orange Pigments
Used for coloring paint yellow-orange tones.

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Suspension and distribution of particles (usually pigments) in the paint.

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