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Painting solutions without the smell

For many, winter is the perfect time to turn our attention to indoor painting projects. After all, who likes to spend a beautiful summer day indoors? Well, that “great idea” for many painters is perfect until the first coat goes up and the scent of fresh paint fills your home and overwhelms you and your family. Not only is this a health risk for some, the odor can simply be a nuisance for others. Next time, remember, there are paints for indoor winter projects that won’t fumigate your family. Try low and no VOC paints, they are excellent for winter projects.

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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 Bob Shapiro of The Color Guild, 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 Shapiro 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.”

Here are a few items to keep in mind when working with low and no VOC paints:

It’s preferred by many professionals

Many professionals really like working with low and no VOC paints because of the potential health benefits. 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. Sundry manufacturers have come out with new rollers and brushes that are designed specifically for use with low VOC paints. Remember, quality is the big thing when it comes to roller covers and brushes in general. And 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.

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Low and no VOC paints have improved

In the past 5-years there have been noticeable improvements to low and no VOC paints. Shapiro adds that one of the most significant changes made for some paints is the move to water-born colorants. Often, not only does the base paint have VOC’s so too does the colorant. Remember, only when the colorant is no VOC can the paint be truly free of VOC’s.

Paint Disposal

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.

~This post inspired/contributed by ColorGuild. ColorGuild, the global paint and color authority, is a member based organization serves as a definitive resource on color and coatings.  As a member of ColorGuild, we welcome their contributions.

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