Anyone who has laid brush to wall knows that a roomful of fresh paint can smell to headache-inducing heights. Vapors aren’t just annoying–a paint-caused dizzy spell can cut your work short. To solve this problem, a slew of new low-odor and low-VOC (volatile organic compound) paints purports to take the stench out of redecorating, and the chemicals out of the environment. We put three such paints to the test, measuring their odor, how well they covered drywall and how many swipes of sandpaper it took to grind through a layer. In the end, a clear winner emerged–but only by a nose.
Benjamin Moore Aura Interior Matte Paint
$55/gal. | myaurapaint.com
Odor: The smell was only noticeable from 2 ft. away, but still, this was the stinkiest sample in our test. And unlike the other paints, which claimed to have no VOCs, this was low-VOC.
Coverage and Spreadability: When it came to coverage, Aura was the clear winner– 1 roller pass laid a nearly perfect layer. Our testers also raved about its “outstanding spreadability” and “creamlike texture.”
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Durability: This paint was made of tough stuff–it took 20 strokes with coarse-grained sandpaper to wipe through just one dried coat of Aura.
Freashaire Choice Interior Flat Paint
$35/gal. | thefreshairechoice.com
Odor: To pick up the scent of our smell test’s nearly odorless contestant, we had to crawl to within 1.75 in. of the wall–just a nose away. The lack of VOCs kept our heads clear.
Coverage and Spreadability: Not only did Freshaire require 4 roller passes for a complete coat, but it made the roller stick and slide, resulting in an unseemly finish and more work.”
Durability: Freshaire didn’t stand a chance against our sandpaper: It took just 6 strokes to turn a layer to dust.
Mythic Non-Toxic Flat Paint
$43/gal. | mythicpaint.com
Odor: We needed to stand within 6 in. to smell the freshly painted (and VOC-free) Mythic–about the length of our tester’s hand.
Coverage and Spreadability: A complete coat of Mythic took just 2 roller passes. Coverage and spreadability were very good, and there was very little ridging. Still, the paint did cause the roller to slide slightly.
Durability: One layer of Mythic stood strong through 12 strokes of sandpaper.
Flowers they’re not, but all three paints smelled significantly less than traditional latex. While Freshaire was the least odorous, it was also the least effective. Mythic was of fine quality and barely stank, but the clear winner was Aura, which made up for its slight smell with superior quality and ease of use. We’d use it again–but we’d still crack a window.
ReaLow or No Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Paints
Though conventional paints have gotten less toxic over the years, many still release some level of volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, into the air in the form of a breathable gas. According to the American Lung Association, VOCs can cause a number of physical problems, such as eye and skin irritation, as well as lung and kidney damage.
Innovations in the green building[->0] movement and paint technology have been instrumental in providing builders with a healthier and more environmentally safe painting alternative. The best practice is to use paint that is low in, or does not contain any, VOCs.
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These “green” paints have many benefits:
· They can be applied exactly the same way as conventional paints.
· They are virtually odor-free.
· They release no significant pollutants, making them excellent for use in buildings, which require low levels of toxicity, such as hospitals, schools or the homes and workplaces of people who are chemically sensitive.
· If low- or no-VOC paint spills, it can be cleaned up with soap and water.
· Since VOC emissions may contribute to higher ozone levels, these paints may actually improve the overall air quality.
· They generally still cost the same as conventional paint.
· They are easy to find. Most can be purchased in a variety of colors from your local specialty paint or hardware stores. Check out Benjamin Moore ‘Natura’ paints, or ‘The FreshAire Choice’ paints at Home Depot.
Conventional oil-based paints are the most toxic and have become limited in use; and although common latex paints are safer and more commonly used, they can also still contain high levels of VOCs, depending on the brand.
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