Low VOC Paint
There is a lot of talk nowadays about “Going Green” and what can be done to help the environment as it relates to painting products.
For a Low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) Interior paint product, we recommend Benjamin Moore Aura, which is a Waterborne Acrylic product.
It is the highest grade of paint available of Benjamin Moore and is the most cleanable paint. It provides superior washability.
Note: VOC’s are the source of low level toxic emissions into the air, which is bad for the environment. Older paints were manufactured with more petroleum-based solvents. Newer paints products are water-based products.
Details on VOC:
Paints and stains, to meet EPA standards, must not contain VOC’s in excess of 200 grams per liter.
As a general rule, low VOC paints marketed by reputable paint manufacturers usually meet the 50 grams per liter.
Aura is less than 50 grams per liter.
Because we know pricing is a concern for some customers, we offer an alternate environmentally-safe paint product to the Aura, which is the Ultra Spec paint. It is actually a “No-VOC” paint product. However, although the Lo-Sheen finish will clean up, it does not offer the excellent clean-up capability and washability that the Aura product does.
Paints with the green Seal Standard (GS-11) mark are certified lower than 50 grams per liter for low sheen and 150 grams per liter for higher sheen.
Paint Right Painting recommends the Matte finish for Aura for all walls.