Free Guide: Find Safer Paint

Tips to find safer paint. Part of the odor that we recognize as the smell of fresh paint is actually caused by volatile organic compounds (VOCs), chemicals that evaporate readily at room temperature, in the paint. VOCs are found in some pigments and also are added to alkyd oil and (to a lesser extent) latex paints to provide certain desirable working qualities, like spreadability, or to improve durability.

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