So often, consumers are easily misled in believing that colour and finish are the most important, if not the only, elements to take into account when purchasing paint. Other deciding factors such as durability, environmentally-friendly manufacturing and disposal processes, coverage, low odour and moisture resistance are often ignored when faced with paint card walls jam-packed with colours ranging from soothing to vibrant.
During the paint development and manufacturing processes there are four basic components that are combined to determine the durability of the coating:
- Pigments provide the colour and hiding power and are a fundamental ingredient of paint.
- Binders bind the pigments together to provide a paint film and have a direct influence on the paint’s ability to be durable, stand up to UV-resistance, have good colour retention and flexibility, the sheen level of the paint and are a major contributor to the cost of the paint.
- Carriers define whether paint is water-based (e.g. acrylic paints) or oil-based (e.g. enamel), provide the desired consistency and make it possible to apply the pigment and binder to the surface being painted.
- Additives provide each paint product with its unique properties such as stain resistance, mildew resistance, reflective properties and good flow and levelling, to mention a few.
“A good rule of thumb to follow when choosing paint is that you get what you pay for,” says Dawid du Plessis, technical and customer care manager at Prominent Paints. “However, it is the responsibility of the individual or contractor applying the paint to follow recommended application instructions in order to maximise the lifespan of the chosen product.”
A few general tips to keep in mind when painting include:
– Surface preparation
Ensure that the surface to be painted is free from debris, dust and oil. Use a suitable primer to provide an optimal surface for the finishing coats.
– Clean equipment
Particles or contaminants in painting equipment will have an adverse effect on the quality of the finished coating.
– Recoating time
Wait for the recommended time before applying further coats. Just because it feels dry to the touch does not mean the product has had time to cure as tested in the laboratory during the development process.
“Three important factors causing surface coating breakdown are UV light, heat and moisture. It is therefore of key importance to choose a paint that is suitable to the environment of the surface to be painted,” says Du Plessis.
More than just colour
Prominent Paints’ products undergo the stringent tests to ensure that the durability of each product is warranted according to its intended use. The range of products, backed by a life expectancy ranging from five to ten years, includes a variety of special fit-for-purpose coatings suitable for both residential and commercial applications.
To see Prominent Paints’ products and expertise in action, watch the Make It Better series on DSTV Home Channel 182, showing every Tuesday after the Disaster DIY show at 19:30.
Prominent Paints is a member of the PPG Industries Group, which has a vision to continue to be the world’s leading coatings and specialty Products Company. Through leadership in innovation, sustainability and colour, PPG helps customers in industrial, transportation, consumer products, construction markets and aftermarkets to enhance more surfaces in more ways.
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