Paint Fumes

Conventional Paint Fumes

What are they, where do they come from
and how to avoid them.


Conventional Paint Fumes

Conventional paints give off fumes when chemicals they contain to keep them liquid evaporate into the air. Since most paints contain less than 50% solids, a considerable amount of gas often gets released into a freshly painted room.

Chemical Emissions

Conventional paints contain many potentially harmful chemicals like formaldehyde, xylenes, and glycols. These, and other VOCs, are used to simplify the paint manufacturing process, and make it more cost effective to produce.

Health Effects

The health issues conventional paint fumes can cause range from mild to potentially life-threatening. Common health effects include: irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat; rashes; nausea; headaches; dizziness; fatigue; and memory impairment. Some chemicals in conventional paints are known carcinogens, while others can damage the nervous system, liver, and kidneys.

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How Long Does Paint Off-Gas?

Some experts believe that the off-gassing process – when fumes release into the air – reduces after several days, but some conventional products can emit harmful fumes for many weeks. The amount of ventilation plays a role in how long paint fumes persist, but most people can’t leave a room unoccupied while they wait for it to air out.

The ECOS Difference

Our goal is to offer consumers a better option. So, 35 years ago we developed a proprietary technology, one that avoided chemicals that caused people health issues, but that still produced a premium quality paint. Since then, our products have been used successfully by people with multiple chemical sensitivities, families concerned about their health, and corporations determined to look after the environment.

Paint Without Compromise

Decorating should be a pleasant experience. A new look for an old room, a warm welcome for a new baby, or a lease of life for some tired furniture. Paint should not come with a health warning, an evacuation notice, or cautionary tales. Try ECOS Paints for performance without compromise.

We don’t compromise on quality and we don’t expect you to either.

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