Non-Toxic Paints

Paints and finishes are the leading problem in polluting indoor air. I didn’t know this, but paint already on the wall can release low level of toxic emissions years after application.

Recently there have been new paints and finishes introduced into the market with low-VOC or zero-VOC toxicity levels. If you are looking to paint your house anytime soon, it might be worthwhile to check out these paints which are offered by many paint manufacturers, such as Frazee and Sherwin Williams.


2 Responses to “Non-Toxic Paints”

  1. Will covering up older paints with the new low/zero VOC paints prevent the toxins from the older paints from coming up, or do you have to do a full paint removal first? I know when I’ve painted in the past I’ve simply gone and painted over the previous paint (whether that’s good or bad I don’t know).

  2. Unfortunately, once the paint is on the wall there is not much you can do about it, other than provide enough air ventilation to the room. Typically, most wallboards will absorb a large portion of the VOC chemicals and then slowly release them over many months.

    To reduce exposure, keep the painted area well ventilated….

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