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Great question! VOCs is short for "Volatile Organic Compounds".
You know that ‘new paint smell’? Yeah, that’s VOCs, the chemical that they give off can basically be very harmful to the environment and people causing irritation to your airways, headaches and even nausea. Whilst water based paints don’t contain many VOCs, solvent based paints tend to contain more, making water based paints a better option when it comes to painting your home.
At the end of the day, deciding what paint to use comes down to personal preference and your needs! As we mentioned all of our emulsions and most of our specialist paints are water based low VOC so you have a huge selection to choose from!
So what does low-VOC paint mean? Low-VOC paints have a reduced amount of volatile organic compounds. Therefore, the paint won't give off as much of that harmful gas as a traditional paint.
According to current regulation, the number generally accepted for a low–VOC paint is less than 50 grams per liter and for zero-VOC paint is less than 5 grams per liter.
Leyland Trade Vinyl Matt paint is known for providing a high quality finish for great value. Providing your surfaces with a beautifully modern flatt matt finish, this leyland paint is a perfect choice for using in your living room or bedroom.
Leyland Trade vinyl matt has only 3g per litre of VOC with the threshold to hit a ‘low VOC’ credential being less than 50g per litre.
If you struggle from asthma or allergies, then Tikkurila Joker is a great low VOC paint choice! This hypoallergenic high performance and quick dry paint is environmentally friendly and has zero odour, it's also tintable to thousands of designer colours, making it a fantastic option.
Tikkurila Joker is a water based paint that is the perfect choice for a kids bedroom or nursery.
Similarly to the Leyland Vinyl Matt, the Johnstone's Covaplus is at just 3g per litre VOC. Ideal for using when painting living rooms and dining areas, this vinyl matt paint offers excellent opacity and a high level of coverage.
With a fantastic selection of colours available, Rust Oleum Chalky Finish wall paint is a hugely popular choice, providing a gorgeous flat and chalky finish that is both scrubbable and durable. With a maximum of 30g per litre VOC content in the paint meaning it’s still a really safe and eco friendly product to use in your home.
Absolutely not! As you will see the majority of all of low VOC paints have the ability to be colour matched to the designer paint colour of your choice. Simply just enter the name of the colour and designer you would like us to colour match and leave it to us to work our magic.