In South Africa, people who want to paint their home may have to wait until a certain age.
In 2017, Maaco paints were banned from homes in the country’s northern regions, a move that has been widely criticised.
Maaco paints are made from pigments that mimic the colour of the real paint on the walls and ceilings.
However, this makes it easier for criminals to get hold of these products.
“There are a lot of crimes in the Northern Cape that have been committed with these paints, but we are also dealing with crime from South Africa,” said Maaco spokesperson Marcello Pangilinan.
“If you want to be able to paint your house with a real paintjob, you have to be a licensed painter and a real artist, so it’s a bit of a double standard,” he said.
The move came after the Department of Home Affairs warned that the paint would be used to create fake walls, ceilings and furniture.
Maaco has been fighting for more control over its paint jobs in the North, but Pangillinan said the paint companies themselves were reluctant to change their practices.
“The big problem for us is the fact that most of the time, there are very few of us in the paint industry,” Pangili said.
“We don’t have any real paintjobs to sell, so we just want to do the job.”‘
I’m not ashamed of myself’The paint jobs are done with a combination of acrylic and a natural substance.
But there are concerns over how the paints are used.
“We have to use some kind of mask or a protective headband to protect ourselves, to not get too much contact with the paint and that’s why we have to wear a mask,” Pungilin said.
Maico has also had to remove some of the paint from their doors, walls and windows.
“There are some houses that are very well protected with the painting, but some of our customers have been getting paint in their home and there are some cases where people are dying,” Pongilina said.
In South Africa there are no official statistics on the number of murders related to paintjobs, but it is thought that some of these crimes are linked to the illegal sale of the paints.
“I’m certainly not ashamed that I have done these things, because I’m not trying to kill anyone,” Ponga said.
“But I think the government is doing its best to protect the public from these crimes.”
It’s not just me, there is a lot more of us,” he added.
Maoco said it is currently working to change its policies in South Australia and other states.
Maaco’s paint job policy has been criticised in South Korea as well.
South Korean police recently launched a crackdown on illegal paintjob shops in the city of Busan, where the company’s offices are located.
In the first week of August, police detained and charged 20 people with allegedly selling illegal paintjobs on the streets of the city.
In South Korea, the countrys police force said they have started a probe into the paint jobs and are currently working with local police to determine who is responsible.
The South Korean police force has also launched an investigation into Maaco’s use of paint in its paints in South-East Asia.”
Maaco has to pay more attention to the safety of its customers,” Papilinen said.