We’ve been doing a lot of painting lately, and since we’re more conscious of our environment and it’s winter, we decided to use low VOC paint. VOC, or volatile organic compounds,are found in paint, aerosol air fresheners, carpets, and furniture. Once released into the air, they interact with other elements to contribute to ozone and smog formation and are linked to respiratory illnesses, cancer, memory impairment, and more. No thanks!
For the living room, we got low-VOC Harmony paint from Sherwin Williams. It took 1+ coats to cover a pretty deep gold color. (The first coat went on so thoroughly that we just needed to quickly brush over it to cover any show-through spots.) I’m painting all the trim too, and I liked the Harmony paint so much that I got it again for that project.
The bedroom was most impressive. We got Behr Premium Plus Ultra super to the max paint (couldn’t they fit any more superlatives? lol). It is primer and paint in one, AND low VOC… a plus since we were painting over our Merlot walls with Light French Gray. The premium plus ultra really did the trick. Again, it took 1+ coat. There was still a bit of a smell, probably because of the primer, but overall, not as much odor as any other paint job.
I highly recommend low VOC paint for your next paint job. It’s worth the price to keep your lungs clear on paint day and for years after. (p.s. The green Frog tape is worth the extra price over the blue tape. It really makes a difference!)