Use lo-VOC or no-VOC Paints for Winter Painting
Winter is upon us, and you really want to have the interior of your home painted. It’s been years since it was last done, and the walls and ceilings are showing signs of age and wear. But during the winter, your house is closed up much of the time, and you aren’t thrilled with the idea of living with paint fumes for a week or more.
Fortunately, you don’t have to. A number of top paint manufacturers have developed what are called low-VOC and no-VOC paints that produce little or no odors. In other words, if your home needs painting now and you are sensitive to paint odors, there’s no point in putting it off until winter is over.
Low-VOC and No-VOC paints – what they’re all about
“VOC” stands for volatile organic compounds. Without getting too scientific, these compounds are organic chemicals that produce a scent, or a smell. They’re found in paint, and also in a wide range of natural and man-made things from plants to photocopiers. It’s the VOCs that are responsible for the harmless smell you notice from fresh paint.
Benjamin Moore Natura
One of our favorite paint makers, Benjamin Moore, has a line of paints called Natura, which fall into the category of no-VOC paints. When applied, these paints are virtually odorless, making windy ventilation within your home unnecessary. They’re 100 percent acrylic and create a highly durable coating that can safely be washed and is resistant to splatters.
The Natura line follows Benjamin Moore’s commitment to producing paint that’s friendly to the environment. It performs as well as any “traditional” paint and, best of all, the selection of colors is vast, limited only by your imagination. Natura paints are available in flat, eggshell and semi-gloss varieties to perfectly meet all your painting needs.
Sherwin Williams ProMar 200
Sherwin Williams is another leading paint producer that we really like. They also have a top-rated line of no-VOC paints. ProMar 200 paints are professional-level and come in four different sheens and a rainbow of colors. Paints in this line meet the most stringent requirements for no-VOC paints and even contain special agents that inhibit the surface growth of mildew and mold.
With either of these quality interior paint brands, you’ll find it easy to create a color scheme that perfectly matches your own unique tastes. And best of all, you don’t have to wait until warmer weather arrives to get the job done.
Handy winter painting checklist
- To avoid lingering paint odors, use low-VOC or no-VOC paints from a trusted manufacturer
- Keep rooms and walls at a moderate temperature (no less than 50-60 degrees) so the paint will create a solid bond with the walls
- If a professional paint crew will be doing the work, lay down canvas drop cloths between the front door and rooms to be painted so as to prevent mud or other debris from being tracked inside
- Keep pets and small children away from the painting areas to avoid smudged or spilled paint and painted little ones
- While you don’t need to open up the house to dispel odors, it will be helpful to keep painted rooms well-ventilated to speed up the paint-drying process
- Make sure paint is dry before re-populating rooms with furniture and other items
Franklin Painting has been beautifying homes in the Connecticut region for over 27 years. We’d be happy to provide an estimate for any interior painting job this coming winter. For a fast quote or if you have questions, call (877) 646-7774.
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