rubbing down


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial, Idioms.

rubbing down

An intermediate step in finishing a painted surface; rubbing with a mild abrasive before applying the topcoat.
References in classic literature ?
I lent the ostlers a hand in rubbing down their horses, and received in exchange twopence, a glass of half and half, two fills of shag tobacco, and as much information as I could desire about Miss Adler, to say nothing of half a dozen other people in the neighbourhood in whom I was not in the least interested, but whose biographies I was compelled to listen to.
Use as a surface spray, or for rubbing down dirty paintwork, varnished/ laminated surfaces or tiles.
It was hard graft, too, rubbing down, then repainting a 1953-built De Havilland Vampire training plane.