Low VOC Paint

Low VOC Paint - look into aura paint or cloverdale paint, an eco friendly choice.

Low VOC Paint

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If you're planning to paint your home, what's the big deal about what kind of paint you choose to use? Isn't all paint made the same? In a word, NO!

Traditional paint is actually the biggest contributor to poor indoor air quality. When you go to your local Home Depot and pick up a can of paint, you're bringing tons of chemicals into your home.

Traditional paints contain a high amount of VOC's, or volatile organic compounds. These VOC's off-gas for up to five years after it's been applied.

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What's Wrong With Traditional Paints?

The main problem with VOC's, other than the fact that they stink, is that they can cause serious health issues - including eye, nose, and throat irritation and headaches.

They can also cause liver and kidney damage that may not appear for many years. Even worse, VOC's contain known human carcinogens - meaning that they could contribute or lead to cancer.

Low-VOC paint contains less of these harmful chemicals, which makes it a better choice, especially for indoor painting projects.

Because the paint contains less chemicals, there will be less off-gassing and a lower health risk to you and your family.

Eco Friendly Paint Is Made From Natural Materials

Eco Friendly Paint Is Made From Natural Materials

What Constitutes A Low Paint?

This is actually an extremely good question! Because so many companies have realized that "green" is in, almost everyone seems to be jumping on the eco-friendly bandwagon.

However, low VOC paints are regulated the the government and MUST meet certain standards in order to market themselves as Low VOC.

Here's the standards that low VOC paints must meet:

Paints & Stains must have less than 200 grams per liter.

Varnishes must have less than 300 grams per liter.

It's important to note that the amount of VOC's, even in low VOC paint can vary widely. Make sure to look at each can of paint to check the exact number before making a purchase.

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Who Makes Low VOC Paint?

Almost every paint manufacturer is making this paint now. Here are some of the most popular brands:

Aura Paint by Benjamin Moore: One of the most respected paint manufacturers in the world, Benjamin Moore has come out with a line of low VOC paint called Aura. It's got less than 500 grams of VOC's per liter, which puts it on the low end of the scale.

The quality is extremely high quality, what you'd expect of a Benjamin Moore product. The coverage is great. The cost, however, is on the high end. The Aura paint will run you about $50 a gallon.

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Green Sure by Sherwin Williams: Sherwin Williams is another of of our favorite paint manufacturers and they also have a low VOC paint line available. Their green paints include a few product lines, including Harmony.

Duration stains, and ProGreen. If you like Sherwin Williams, you'll really enjoy their eco friendly line. All of their Green Sure paints are anti-bacterial, have high indoor air quality ratings, and more than meet the VOC requirements.

The specific amount of VOC's depends on the line and the paint. This paint will run you from $30 - $50 per gallon, depending on the type of paint you choose.

Low VOC Paint - Sherwin Williams Sure Green

Sherwin Williams Sure Green

CloverDale EcoLogic: With about 145 grams of VOC's per liter, CloverDale's EcoLogic line is another great choice. They've got a wide range of eco friendly paints and stains, including primers, paints, stains, fillers, and more. This low VOC paint is only available for purchase in Canada.

What You Need to Know

Using low VOC paint is just like using any other paint that you've used before. It applies the same and will look the same once it's applied.

Simply follow the instructions on the paint can to apply. However, it is important to note that because there are some VOC's in these paints, you'll want make sure that you paint in a well-ventilated room.

Open your windows if possible and have a fan or two running. Continue to ventilate the painted areas for a few days after painting, as that is when the bulk of any off-gassing will occur.