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While today’s paints no longer contain lead, they do contain VOCs, which can off-gas, irritating the eyes, nose, and throat. Fumes from oil-based paints are typically the worst offenders; these paints are therefore usually reserved for outdoor projects and small-scale indoor uses where their hard, glossy finish is preferred. Latex paints, which produce fewer odors, are most commonly used indoors. Many companies now offer low-VOC paints that have fewer toxic fumes.
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