25 Sep '13, 9am

Some "zero VOC" paints turn out to have VOCs.

Orders earlier this year by the Federal Trade Commission should help clarify what it means when paint manufacturers claim their products are “VOC-free.” Sherwin Williams and PPG Architectural Finishes Inc. had been accused of making false and unsubstantiated claims that some of their paints contained no volatile organic compounds even after base paints had been tinted. The FTC announced in March that the manufacturers had agreed to stop claiming Dutch Boy Refresh and Pure Performance interior paints contained zero VOCs Volatile organic compound. An organic compound that evaporates readily into the atmosphere; as defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, VOCs are organic compounds that volatize and then become involved in photochemical smog production. . That may be true for the base paints, the FTC said, but not when color tints are added. In a letter to the ori...

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