Bob Vila Radio: Low-VOC Paints

There’s more to that “new paint smell” than you might think. What you’re smelling are volatile organic compounds, or VOC’s, and they’re dangerous to humans.

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Listen to BOB VILA ON LOW- VOC PAINTS, or read text below:

“There’s more to that “new paint smell” than you might think. What you’re smelling are volatile organic compounds, or VOC’s, and they’re dangerous to humans.

VOC’s are found in paint and lots of other products that contain solvents and petrochemicals. Their concentration can be ten times higher indoors than out, especially right after a home improvement project.

While most VOC’s will dissipate on their own as the paint dries, they continue to off-gas at low levels for years. Ventilation is key during and after any paint job. Never use exterior paint indoors, and wait several days before moving into a room that’s just been painted.

High-level exposure to VOC’s has been linked with eye and breathing problems, headaches, nausea, dizziness and even cancer. Children and asthma sufferers are hit hardest. Because of these health concerns, paint manufacturers have been putting a lot of effort into new lines of low- and no-VOC paints. Best part is, non-toxic paints clean up with soap and water, and the cans can go right in the trash.

Get more info at BobVila.com… and right here at home with me, Bob Vila!”

Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing). You can get your daily dose here, by listening to—or reading—Bob’s 60-second home improvement radio tip of the day. 

For more on low-VOC paints, consider:

Quick Tip: Use Low-VOC Paints
Painting With Low-VOC Paint (video)
Child Safety During Home Renovations