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While interior and exterior paints have many of the same properties, they also have some differences which make them more suitable for various alternative applications. Where paint for the interior needs to be hard-wearing and washable, exterior paints must withstand damaging UV rays.
Herman Rabe, Technical Service Consultant for Prominent Paints says, "A quality interior paint will also have a low VOC level which reduces odour when painting indoors. Exterior paints must be flexible to bridge cracks, be fungal resistant and have low dirt retention." For best results and good longevity, it’s important to choose the correct paint for the intended purpose and application. Exterior paint used indoors isn’t tougher or harder wearing, and on the other hand, interior paint used outdoors may fade and peel.
"The chemical composition of paints has come a long way since the early days of paint manufacturing," says Rabe. "Products are more specialised for certain substrates, although a roof paint works well on a roof, the same paint does not cure properly and won’t last if used internally. An exterior wall paint does not have the same scrub resistance as an interior wall paint, and an interior wall paint is not flexible enough, nor does it have enough UV stability to be used outside."
Choosing paint for interior and exterior projects
◊ Choose a quality interior or exterior paint
Choosing a superior quality paint not only makes the job of painting a room easier, it also ensures a long-lasting result. Prominent Paints Premium is a high performance pure-acrylic range with a 12-year life expectancy. All paints for interior and exterior applications in the Premium range are fully-washable, water and stain resistant, a product enjoyed by professionals and DIY’ers alike.
◊ Choose the right finish for your room
With the number of finishes available today, the choice can be as difficult as choosing the type of paint and colour for a room. Sheen refers to how shiny paint looks when dry. Matt paints provide a smooth, yet stylish finish, hiding blemishes on the wall surface. Both eggshell and Non Drip enamel are easy to clean and have good stain resistance, while high-gloss paint has a very shiny finish. A good rule of thumb is to first consider the area being painted. High traffic areas need a durable, scrubbable paint that resists stains and marring. Semi-gloss paints are suitable for high moisture areas like kitchens and bathrooms or children’s playrooms where additional cleaning will likely be required.
Prominent Paints Premium range:
Premium Matt: Good quality, general purpose emulsion paint on interior / exterior walls and ceilings.
Premium Gloss: a Top quality gloss enamel for interior and exterior use.
Premium Sheen: a Top quality low VOC sheen, versatile, very hard adhesion promotes acrylic sheen emulsion paint, formulated to give good flow properties resulting in a velvet smooth finish.
Premium Satin: a Top quality emulsion for exterior surfaces with additives to combat mould growth and reduce dirt retention.
Premium Textured: A premium quality emulsion based, Textured, exterior wall coating with good flexibility and hairline crack bridging ability.
◊ Pay attention to surface preparation
Follow the back of pack requirements for the substrate before applying paint. If the information on the pack is unclear, it’s best to request a product data sheet from the manufacturer to provide important information that could be the difference between success and a DIY disaster. Alternatively contact their technical help line.
Choosing the correct primer for the substrate is equally important. For example, a universal undercoat does not perform well on newly plastered walls, but performs very well on primed steel as an intermediate coat. Plaster Primer is a primer that can be used on most surfaces for both interior and exterior use. Walls must be clean and dry before commencing with a paint job.
• Always mix the paint thoroughly with a flat paddle before pouring into the paint tray.
• If working with different paint colours, slip the paint tray into a plastic bag and pour the paint onto the bag. Simply remove the bag and pour the paint into the clean tray when a colour change is required.
• Never dilute paint to achieve more coverage. This only compromises quality and lowers adhesion strength.
• Before painting, always wash the roller in clean water to remove traces of fluff. Spin dry the roller to remove excess water; then hang up to dry thoroughly.
• When applying paint, cut around cornices, ceilings, skirtings and corners first, and then fill in with a roller.
• Adhere to drying times indicated on the paint container before applying a subsequent coat. This will ensure proper coverage and a quality, professional finish.
For more see www.prominentpaints.co.za or all the customer care line on 0861 77 66 46.