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M.E.K. (Methyl Ethyl Ketone) - Solvent used in many paint reducers and thinners
M.S.D.S. - (Material Safety Data Sheets) Used in locating information on all paint materials
Masking - Process of applying pressure, sensitive tape and paper to a vehicle to prevent paint from being applied where it is not wanted.
Masstone - The color of an undiluted colorant.
Metamerism - A phenomenon exhibited by two colors that match under one or more light sources, but do not match under all light sources or viewing conditions.
Mica color - Colors containing various sizes and/or colors of mica. Mica flakes have several optical characteristics allowing light to reflect, pass through and absorb. When added to color alone or with metallic flake, cause the color to look different depending on the angle of view
Mil - A measure of paint film thickness equal to one/one-thousandth of an inch
Mist coat - A thin sprayed coat to uniform metallic finishes. Also used to blend colors. Sometimes used with light amounts of solvents to uniform finish and/or increase gloss
Mixing ratios - The amount of various components in the proper proportions to produce the final mix for spraying.
Mottling - Blotches of metallic or mica particles in a paint film

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