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Tinting Colorant Can Add VOCs to Paint

By: Danny Lipford

Low or no Voc (Volatile Organic Compound) house paints are great, since they have little odor and limit harmful chemicals in the air. But tinting the paint often defeat the purpose by adding unwanted VOCs back into the paint.

To make sure the air in your home is VOC-free, use factory tinted no VOC paint, or paints that use a VOC-free colorant, such as Freshaire Choice paint.

Watch this video to find out more.

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Do you remember this simple trick? Nothing here . . . and now there is! I know, it’s a pretty cheesy effect, but it’s how some paints are handling their volatile organic compounds, or VOC’s. They go to all the trouble of a manufacturing process that removes any VOC’s from the paint, but once you add the tint, there they are again.

There are more companies making low VOC paint, so you should still have plenty of colors to choose from without adding additional tint. Just remember, when you purchase a low or zero VOC paint, you need to choose one with a pre-mixed color you can live with. If you have the paint pro add any tint, you’re defeating the purpose and, paying a little more for something you’re not getting.

Making sure those VOC’s disappear may not be as exciting as pulling a rabbit out of a hat, but it’s still a great vanishing act.


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Tinting Colorant Can Add VOCs to Paint