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Low Voc Paint On Futons

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 10:47:32 AM America/Los_Angeles

Low Voc Paint On Futons

Low VOC Paint


As organic materials in finishes evaporate during the drying/curing process, VOCs are released into the air, affecting indoor and outdoor air quality. The American Lung Association reports that VOCs and their byproducts can produce a number of physical problems, including eye and skin irritation, lung and breathing problems, headaches, nausea, muscle weakness, and liver and kidney damage. Indoor air pollution from VOC emission has becoming an every increasing concern. VOC levels can be ten times higher indoors than outdoors, with numbers rising up to 1,000 times higher immediately following application of a new coat of finish.

Over the past few years, regulation under the Clean Air Act and consumer demand for low-VOC finishes have led to the creation of a variety of new products. Many penetrating finishes, such as semi-transparent stains, have low solids content (pigment, oils, polymers) and are being reformulated to meet low-VOC regulations. To meet the VOC requirements, these reformulated finishes may contain higher solids content, reactive diluents (dilutants or thinners), new types of solvents and/or cosolvents, or other non-traditional substitutes. These low-VOC requirements do not penetrate the wood as well and rather coat the surface. This is one of the major drawbacks to the new low-VOC stains.

Another way to decrease air emissions from wood finishes is to change the formulation to a water-based coating. The new water-based products achieve a dramatic improvement over solvent-based finishes in terms of VOC emissions and human comfort and health. Companies that have successfully switched to water-based coatings have worked closely with their suppliers to determine the best water-based formula for their specific uses.

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