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VOCs: the silent cause of cancer

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  • May 11th, 2018 6:41 pm
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Apr 24, 2018
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VOCs: the silent cause of cancer

Ah that new car smell. Deadly.
I'm a retired painter currently on a rampage trying to explain to people about the danger of most paints. Bottom line: call your paint store, don't trust cheap paints. Benjamin Moore and S. Willaims are both zero VOC before colorants, tints are added. Ask what the VOC level of the tint is: do not breathe this crap for weeks as it off-gasses in your house!
Good luck.
Ask any question: I've been working on this for some time now
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If I'm not a painter, should I care?
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Don't anyone tell the woooo crowd that "essential oils diffuser" == VOC pollution of your house.
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Bottom line: air out your house well after a paint and don't use VOCs.
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RCGA wrote:
Apr 25th, 2018 2:54 pm
If I'm not a painter, should I care?
They are all around you.
Wash all clothing before you wear: most articles are now 'finished' with formaldehyde. Like skin cancer? Not me.
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bananabrother wrote:
Apr 26th, 2018 1:46 am
Bottom line: air out your house well after a paint and don't use VOCs.
Remember that the off-gassing of paint takes weeks in the summer and months in the winter. You may need a air-exchanger.
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RCGA wrote:
Apr 25th, 2018 2:54 pm
If I'm not a painter, should I care?
You probably end up breathing in more VOCs in your house than the painter who did the work due to much longer exposure time.
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I was outside between houses spraying leather protectant on a bunch of items this spring. I was breathing in that horrible smell during the process. When it got dark outside and I brought in the items into the basement to continue drying, it stunk up my basement and a bit upstairs. Should I just not spray my leather? My friend doesn't as she thinks spraying changes the feel of the leather.
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