Zero VOC Paint

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If low VOC paints are good, zero VOC paints are great! Zero-VOC paints don't actually have zero VOC's. However, they are so close to 0 - under 5 grams per liter that they are called zero VOC.

The EPA regulates paints that market themselves as being both low VOC and zero VOC. There are a few important things to note:

Zero-VOC paint should have 5 grams per liter of VOC's or less in the base.

Benjamine Moore Natura Zero VOC Paint

Benjamin Moore Natura Zero VOC Paint

What's Wrong With Traditional Paints?

Adding color can add additional VOC's. That means that if you aren't careful, you'll end up with a paint that has many more VOC's than you originally thought you had.

If a paint is marketed as having no VOC's, the addition of color, should not add more than 2 - 5 additional grams per liter, giving you a total VOC count of 10 or less, which is extremely good.

Currently these paints are only available in a specific range of colors. While you can get quite a few shades of Zero VOC paint, things like color matching may be difficult.

FreshAire Zero VOC Paint

FreshAire Zero VOC Paint

Who Makes It?

FreshAire Paint is fairly new to the market, and is one of the best paints of it's kind. Available in 65 different colors, both the paint and the colorant are free of VOC's.

The paint comes in 100% recycled cans, and the labels are made of recycled materials as well. Even the ink used to print the labels is soy based. FreshAire paint costs about $40 per gallon and is only available at The Home Depot.

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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Low VOC Paint - Sherwin Williams Sure Green

Sherwin Williams Sure Green

Harmony by Sherwin Williams

Harmony by Sherwin Williams: Marketed as a zero VOC paint, Harmony is available in every color that Sherwin Williams offers. Sherwin Williams has been a highly respected paint manufacturer for many years, and this paint does a pretty good job, when you consider that they've made it without many of the chemicals present in traditional paints.

It is important to note that some customers have noticed uneven coloring. Also, zero VOC paints can be more difficult to clean, as a rag with only water can take paint off the walls, leaving them with an uneven look.

Low VOC Paint - Benjamine Moore Aura

Benjamin Moore Aura

Pristine by Benjamin Moore

Pristine by Benjamin Moore has less than 1 gram of VOC's per liter. It's available in primers, flat, eggshell, and gloss applications. It's available in a wide variety of colors.

Some users have reported that it's slightly hard to apply than the low VOC versions of paint, but if eco friendliness if your first choice, this may be a great choice to you.

It's priced between $40 - $50 per gallon, making it roughly the same as other Benjamin Moore products, which are typically higher priced than other brands.

Choosing Between Low VOC & Zero VOC

In the end, the choice between low and zero VOC is going to be largely a personal one. The level of VOC's in paints that are marketed as low VOC are small enough that they shouldn't cause and health problems for the majority of society.

However, if someone in your home is extremely sensitive to chemicals, or you just want to go as green as possible, you may want to go with one of the zero VOC choices.

Available colors may have an effect on your choice as well. In some instances, you may not be able to get exactly what you want with zero VOC's, forcing you to sacrifice style or to go with a low VOC paint instead.

Last, cost may play a role in your decision. Both low and zero VOC options still cost more than many traditional paints on the market. If your budget can't stretch enough to accommodate zero VOC, try to work it out so you can at least use something that is considered low VOC.