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How to Lower The Effects of VOCs?


Paul the Painter

January 22, 2019

If you have recently moved into a home, then you might be in the process of thinking how to make it your own. Among the many things that you’re probably thinking of changing, paint may be on the top of the list. This is among the easiest and the cheapest to change in the home. This also gives your home personality, making it yours. However, there are other benefits to repainting your home.

VOC’s are on the top of the list of reasons why to repaint the home you’ve just moved into. They are the gases released from paint that caused adverse health effects. You might be thinking that they are just the gases released on the outset of a fresh coat but whether you can smell it or not they continue to be released for years. There are three ways to go about getting rid of those VOC’s in your home.

The first way you can go about doing your best to get rid of these gases is to paint over the old paint with new paint that is low-VOCs. However, you must consider that this type of paint is water soluble and can leak the gases through the coat you put on your wall if the paint you’re painting over is relatively fresh. The flip side to it is if the paint on the walls is old then there is less gas being released and a good paint over it should do the trick.

If your home has recently had a fresh coat of paint and you want to remove the VOCs, then you’re going to have to have go with a more expensive option. The only way to go about this is to use a sealing primer. This is an eco-friendly coat that blocks the VOCs. These sealers are expensive, but you can’t put a price on your health. After you have applied this to your walls, you’ll be able to apply the low VOC paint once it has dried. This will ensure that your home is healthy and not making you unhealthy.

My Painter can help you with all your painting needs. Whether you need to have VOCs removed and a fresh coat applied or you’re painting your home for the first time, we can help. We use the best quality paint with low VOCs. Better than that we use the paint that each homeowner prefers. Call us today for a free home estimate!

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