WHILE interior and exterior paints have many of the same properties, they also have some differences. For best results, it’s important to choose the correct paint for the intended purpose. A quality interior paint will have a low VOC level, which reduces odour when painting indoors. Where paint for the interior needs to be hard-wearing and washable, exterior paints must withstand damaging UV rays and be flexible to bridge cracks, be fungal resistant and have low dirt retention.It’s equally important to choose a superior quality of paint; it makes painting easier and ensures a long-lasting result. The Prominent Paints Premium range has a lifespan of up to 12 years when properly applied. The paints are tough, durable, washable, UV-resistant and they can be tinted to any colour of your choice; this range ticks all the right boxes when it comes to quality. But even the best paint won’t perform if the basic principles of painting are not followed:Pay attention to surface preparation Follow the back of pack requirements for the substrate before applying paint. Always sand and prepare surfaces properly before painting – it could be the difference between success and a DIY disaster. Choosing the correct primer for the substrate is equally important: a universal undercoat does not perform well on newly plastered walls, but is good for primed steel as an intermediate coat. Prominent Select Plaster Primer is an alkali-resistant, solvent-based primer for cement plaster, rhinolite surfaces, gypsum plaster and board. Walls must also be clean and dry before painting begins. Choose the right finish for your room With the number of finishes available today, the choice can be as difficult as choosing a colour but for a strong finish you need the right finish. A good rule of thumb is to first consider the area being painted. Matt paints provide a smooth, yet stylish finish, hiding blemishes on the wall surface. Both Premium Eggshell and Premium Non-Drip Enamel are easy to clean and have good stain resistance, while high-gloss paint has a very shiny finish. High traffic areas need a durable paint that resists stains and marring and can be scrubbed clean. Semi-gloss paints are suitable for areas with high condensation like kitchens and bathrooms or children’s playrooms where additional cleaning will likely be required. For info see www.prominentpaints.co.za or call the customer care line on 0861 77 66 46.Prominent Paints supplied the paint for the office walls. To see before and after photos of the make-over, go to the PE Express Facebook page and click on photos.