28 Mar '12, 6pm

[Prod/Sustainablity] For New Alkyd Paints, Oil and Water Do Mix

Product Review from Environmental Building News For New Alkyd Paints, Oil and Water Do Mix Regular alkyd paints (also known as oil-based or solvent-borne paints) form a hard, glossy surface that is easy to clean and resists scratching, water, and chemicals. Used primarily for trim, doors, cabinets, furniture, floors, commercial walls, and other high-use areas, they are popular with professional painters because they adhere well to most surfaces and “level out” to hide brush marks and small surface irregularities, curing to a smooth surface that latex paints cannot match. Unfortunately, standard alkyds typically contain flammable, potentially toxic petroleum-based solvents that emit high levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). They require ventilation during application and petroleum distillates for cleanup, and excess paint has to be disposed of as hazardous waste. .....

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