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Why Eco Painting

Why Should You Use Eco Friendly Paint?
Regular paint products are made with solvents containing volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are released into the air as the paint dries and for quite some time after. Not only are the lingering odors disagreeable, these noxious gasses pollute the air and can cause health problems.

The levels of VOCs in regular paint can be as high as 250 grams per liter for flat finish products, and 380 grams per liter for glossy finish products. Paints that are labeled "eco friendly," on the other hand, must contain less than 50 grams of VOCs per liter. These numbers do not take into account the pigment that may be added to paint at the point of sale, which can add up to 150 grams of VOCs per liter to the mixture. Most paint manufacturers who offer eco friendly paint also use tinting systems with low or zero VOCs, but it's always a good idea to check the VOC content of any color added at the point of sale for an accurate count of the VOCs in the final product.


Why Seattle Eco Painting?
At Seattle Eco Painting, we use certified eco friendly primers, paints, and pigments with low or zero VOCs. But that's just the first step, because a truly eco friendly paint project goes beyond the selection of paint. Where ever possible, we use quality paint brushes, supplies, and equipment that can be washed and used again or recycled.

We follow lead-safe practices and have an EPA Lead Certification for work in pre-1978 or child-occupied structures. Finally, we follow current best practices for recycling and the disposal of paint, empty cans, and other materials after the job is complete.