Did you know that when tinting your “Zero VOC” paint deeper colors, very often that “Zero VOC” is a blatant L-I-E! The bases they use might be able to make that claim. But the tints that are added, very often do not measure up to the same standard. How do ya like them apples!
When I have a client make that request for their kid’s room, this is what I use; and here is why.
Let me start off by saying that this is not a sponsored post. Benjamin Moore has not asked me to promote them, but I would. I have been using their products for years. Their paint is good quality, offers excellent coverage, can be tinted to an unlimited amount of colors, and is readily available just about everywhere. Most importantly, with their Natura line, any color you choose can be made with Zero VOC colorants! That allows me to supply my clients with exactly what I promise them worry free.
When it comes to creating environments for kids, safety and health must always be considered, especially with a tiny newborn’s little lungs.
So here are the ABC’s of VOC's.
A. VOC = Volatile Organic Compound. Now that is a paradox. “Volatile” makes it sound frighteningly unstable. “Organic” makes it sound healthy. What these words describe are compounds made by naturally occurring substances that evaporate into the air at every day temperatures. Formaldehyde is one. Do I need to go on? Just avoid them as much as you can.
B. Low or Zero VOC paint means diddly-squat if the tints that make your paint those luscious, rich colors that you love to use in your kid’s room don’t carry the same label. It’s like saying, “I take vitamins every day; I wash them down with scotch.”
C. When painting a kids room, wait a long while before anyone sleeps in there. I warn people that their nose is not enough of a judge. Paint can take a month to completely cure on a wall. With infants, wait it out. With older kids, never less than a week and leave the windows open.
With so many items that contain VOC’s, paint, carpets, glues, cleaning products, etc, the only guarantee of being free of them is to sleep in the yard…without a plastic tent. So do your best. Make smart choices. Then just enjoy yourself because paint is fun!