Skip to content

Paint terminology: VOC

Explained

Have you ever found yourself staring at a wall of paint cans in the hardware store, feeling utterly confused by the array of symbols and labels? Fear not, we’re going to explore the intriguing field of paint chemistry.

Let’s start with VOCs, you might have seen this acronym plastered on paint cans, but what does it mean? VOC stands for Volatile Organic Compounds, which are substances that can evaporate into the air from certain paints. Think of that strong paint smell you get when you open a can of paint, that’s VOCs at work. Opting for low VOC paint can significantly reduce these fumes, ensuring a more pleasant painting experience indoors.

But why should you care about VOCs?
Besides from the obvious benefits of not subjecting yourself and your family to noxious fumes, reducing VOC emissions is also better for the environment. These compounds can contribute to air pollution and the formation of harmful ozone, so choosing low VOC paint is not only good for your health but also for the environment.

While traditional paints contain VOCs to help with drying and adhesion, advancements in paint technology have allowed for the creation of high-quality, durable paints without sacrificing performance.

Now that you’re armed with this knowledge, you can make informed decisions when selecting paint for your next home improvement project.
Look out for those handy symbols on paint cans indicating low VOC content and breathe easy knowing that you’re painting your home with both style and sustainability in mind.

So next time you embark on a painting adventure, remember to paint consciously and choose products that prioritise your health and the environment.

Happy painting!
 
Breathe easy, paint consciously! 🌿