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What’s in Your Paint?

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Sherwin-Williams and PPG Architectural Finishes have settled FTC charges that they misled people into thinking the paints they sold didn’t contain VOCs — compounds that can hurt the environment and your health. The companies will stop claiming Dutch Boy Refresh and Pure Performance interior paints contain “zero VOCs.”

While it may be true that these uncolored base paints don’t contain VOCs, people usually buy tinted paint, and adding tint adds VOCs. 

For more on VOCs in paint, read Before You Buy Paint.

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This is just another example of the EPA creating more of a problem. The new paints and stains are not worth the cans they are sold in. When a "stain" sits on the surface of board and does not penetrate into the wood to actually protect it, what a waste of your time and money. I paid $50.00 for the Benjamin Moore stain last fall and my steps, I was gone most of the winter, look as though they had been done years ago. A goos stain always would last five or six years in the past. How are we helping the "environment" if we are painting three times more often????

Whenever I paint a room in my house I can't be in it for a few days. I don't like the smell, but I'm also scared that it will harm me. The fact that you never know what kinds of chemicals are in the products you are buying makes me nervous.
Craig Wentworth

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