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What Is Low VOC Paint?

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what is low voc paint

 A question we frequently get asked is ‘what is low VOC paint?’. In this article we will explain exactly what low VOC paint is, what its benefits are and hopefully deepen your understanding of why we recommend switching to a low VOC paint next time you plan to redecorate. 

So, What Is Low VOC Paint? 

Low VOC paint is just like any other wall paint, the key difference is that it contains low levels of VOC. If you are wondering what is meant by VOC, it stands for ‘volatile organic compounds’. These compounds are toxic and can be found in a number of products, not just paint. This includes cleaning products, glue and even car fumes. It should come as no surprise that anything that contains the same chemicals as car fumes is not going to be particularly good for you to inhale, however, VOCs are still used in most standard wall paints. Fortunately, it is possible to get hold of a low VOC paint alternative allowing you to avoid these nasty chemicals. At Victory Colours all of the paint we sell is ultra low VOC because it was important to us to create a product that is toxic free and eco friendly. 

What Are The Benefits Of Low VOC Paint?

Now we have discussed ‘what is low voc paint’ and the fact that VOCs are potentially harmful, we thought it would be a good idea to share the benefits of a low VOC paint to demonstrate the differences. Here are the benefits of Victory Colours low VOC paint:

  • Toxic free
  • Ultra low odour
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Cruelty free & Vegan
  • Durable & washable
  • High opacity 

An added benefit of our low VOC paint is that it is ultra low odour. As a result of volatile organic compounds being removed from the paint, the nasty chemical smells are minimised. What many people don’t realise is that the reason why paint has such a strong odour is because often it is full of VOCs. These smells can also lead to people experiencing the following side effects:

  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Irritation
  • Lightheadedness

Why are VOCs an area of concern?

Despite the fact that there are a number of side effects that affect human health, there are also significant effects on the environment. High levels of VOC in paint contribute to the formation of the ground level ozone layer and pollution which reduces indoor air quality. As a consequence, VOCs from paint can act as greenhouse gases leading to climate change.

Overview of what is low VOC paint

We hope this article has given you a better insight into what low VOC paint is and why it is important. Victory Colours have created a technically advanced formulation which does not only contain ultra low levels of VOC, it also has an outstanding resistance to stains and great washability. Perfect for a busy household with young children or pets.  Not only have we created a low VOC paint, we wanted to go one step further to make our product as eco friendly as possible. Rather than purchasing expensive tester pots, we create eco sample panels that are hand painted in colours of your choice which you can place on different walls around the home to get an idea of whether you like the colour scheme


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