Paint fumes are the liquid ingredients in paint that have started to evaporate, resulting in harmful gases released into the air. The cause of paint fumes is also known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which are carbon-based compounds that evaporate at room temperature and can lead to a range of harmful effects on human health and the environment. The best way to avoid these effects is by switching to a low fume paint that contains low VOC.
What is low fume paint?
Low fume paint, as the name suggests, is paint that releases low levels of fumes into the air. If a paint is low fume, in most cases it will have reduced levels of volatile organic compounds compared to the levels in traditional paint. This means that in many cases, you can expect to find a low fume paint being sold under the term ‘low VOC paint’ because the VOCs are what cause the toxic fumes in paint.
What are the side effects of inhaling paint fumes?
The side effects of inhaling paint fumes differ depending on exposure levels, some of the most common effects include dizziness, nausea and headaches. If you are a painter and decorator who spends lots of time in enclosed environments with freshly painted walls, your chances of experiencing worse side effects is higher. Here are some risks of inhaling paint fumes:
- Throat, eye and nose irritation
- Trouble breathing
- Nausea and vomiting
- Damage to nervous system
- Liver damage
- Kidney damage
What are the benefits of using a low fume paint?
A low fume paint is a much safer alternative as it allows you to avoid the nasty side effects that come with traditional paints. What many people don’t realise is that paints not only release harmful fumes into the air when they are first applied to the surface but they also emit toxic fumes long after the paint has dried. A process called off-gassing can take place when painted walls vapourise after coming into contact with heat from direct sunlight or radiators.
Fortunately, this can be avoided by using a low fume paint. Here are the benefits of Victory Colours paint:
Where can I buy low fume paint?
As awareness of the impact of paint fumes continues to increase, more and more low VOC paint brands are emerging and bigger paint brands have begun to formulate low VOC paint collections too. Victory Colours have specially formulated a high quality, durable paint that is low VOC, toxic free and safe for the environment. Our paints come in a wide range of colours, but if you can’t quite find the shade you’re looking for we also offer a colour matching service so you can get the colour you want with all of Victory Colours paint benefits.
Order some of our eco paint samples today to see how our paints would look on your walls. Our paint samples are eco friendly just like our paint. Rather than buying a tester pot which is likely to end up sitting in your garage until it ends up in landfill and leave your walls with patch work sections of paint, we thought of an innovative idea to prevent this. With our hand painted sample panels, you can place or tape them to different walls in your home to see how the colours react with different lights without damaging your current décor.