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Healthy Painting 101Healthy Painting 101

Spring is a great time to dust off the DIY gear and treat your home to a fresh coat of paint. But before you prise open the tin, here are a few things to think about, particularly if someone in your family suffers from allergies.

VOCs, short for Volatile Organic Compounds, are baddies you need to watch out for. They're chemicals used to produce a range of products, including paints, paint strippers, wood preservatives, aerosol sprays, cleansers, disinfectants, air fresheners, automotive products, hobby supplies, building materials and furnishings.

In the case of paint, VOCs are released as the paint dries and cures. Once the paint is fully cured, it stops releasing any VOCs.

Most issues with paint and VOCs are caused by traditional solvent borne paints with high VOCs being used in enclosed areas, with insufficient ventilation. Therefore it makes good sense health-wise to use waterborne paints that have low or no VOCs and ensure you have plenty of air moving through the room you're painting. Improving indoor air quality in this way can help prevent headaches, asthma, nausea, dizziness, respiratory complaints, allergic reactions, and can improve general well-being, as well as providing a better working environment for the painter.


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Issue: Spring 2016