Odor-free indoor painting solutions
So you decided to put off that indoor painting project for the winter, eh? You figure it’s a good use of your time when the temperature is 10-degrees outside, right? Well, that “great idea” for many new painters is perfect up until the first coat goes up and the scent of fresh paint fills your home and overwhelms you and your family. This can be a health risk for some, and for others, the odor can simply be a nuisance. Next time, remember, low and no VOC paints are perfect for winter projects.
If you’re interested in learning more about VOC’s and why they stink, you can find your answers here. Our hope is to help you understand why and when to use low and no VOC paint in your home. According to Steve DuPont of Benjamin Moore, most people choose low or no VOC paint because they can not tolerate the odor from traditional latex and oil paints.
“There are many who feel it’s a healthier paint,” says DuPont and adds that for people with respiratory concerns it’s the best way to go. “When people have a particular physical condition – either asthma or even a sensitivity to latex, a low VOC paint is your best option.”
According to DuPont, here are a few items to keep in mind when working with low and no VOC paints:
Professionals really like it
DuPont tells us that the pros really like working with low and no VOC paints because of the potential health benefits. He says that today’s painter is much more health conscious and they find today’s low VOC paints to cover as well as the traditional paints.
Pay attention to the painting tools you use
The types of rollers and brushes you use matter, regardless of the type of paint. However, DuPont says sundry manufacturers have come out with new rollers and brushes that are designed specifically for use with low VOC paints. He reminds us that quality is the big thing when it comes to roller covers and brushes and that you don’t want a cheap roller cover with an expensive paint regardless the VOC levels. That said, be sure to talk to your paint dealer about the best tools to use with your paint.
Low and no VOC paints have improved
In the past 5-years there have been noticeable improvements to low and no VOC paints. Steve says one of the most significant changes made for some paints, like Benjamin Moore, is the move to water-born colorants. Often, not only does the base paint have VOC’s so too does the colorant. With Benjamin Moore’s water-born colorant that is used in its “Natura” line, painters are ensured to have a true no VOC paint. Remember, only when the colorant is no VOC can the paint be truly free of VOC’s.
Not only are low and no VOC paints free from strong odor, they are also a more sustainable product, so if being “green” is an interest, check out these paints and be sure to talk to your local expert who can guide you to the right paint and tools for your project.