It is our responsibility at DPI Quality Custom Finishes to make sure that we continually research and implement the newest technology in paints and finishes. Paint is typically made of three major components:
- Pigment: gives the paint its color
- Binders: also known as the vehicle or medium, binders help the pigment stick to the applied surface.
- Solvents: sometimes called carrier or thinner, keep the paint in liquid form, making it easier to apply.
Of these three components, the solvents contribute the most to the paint's level of VOCs. That's because the solvent (a liquid) is designed to evaporate quickly, leaving only the pigment and its binder (the solids) behind on your walls.
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects. Concentrations of many VOCs are consistently higher indoors (up to ten times higher) than outdoors. VOCs are emitted by a wide array of products. Paints, varnishes, and wax all contain organic solvents, as do many cleaning, disinfecting, cosmetic, and degreasing products. The off-gassing doesn’t just end when the new-paint smell wears off – up to 50% of the toxic gasses and carcinogens from VOC containing paints leak into your home up to six years after it dries on your wall.
It is estimated that 10% of the ozone depleting substances in the United States come from paints and other surface coatings. The majority of these substances are VOCs which are a cause of not only thinning ozone but also the rise in global warming and increased respiratory related diseases and cancers. Fortunately for the planet now we have DPI Quality Custom Finishes family of Ecofinishes that are high performance, low to zero-toxin, low to zero-VOC paints and finishes. So now we can enjoy both our beautifully decorated homes and our beautiful planet.
You want to feel safe in your home, and you want to make it beautiful. And now you can have both. Thanks to DPI Quality Custom Finishes family of Low VOC and Zero VOC Ecofinishes you can decorate your home in the highest quality, most durable colors and know that you are getting nothing more. No VOCs that can harm your family and deplete the ozone – nothing but gorgeous colors and peace of mind. So now you can go inside and get some fresh air.
At the end of the day the indoor health in your home is your responsibility. Make the right choice by working with DPI Quality Custom Finishes and our Low VOC and Zero VOC paints and finishes. DPI Quality Custom Finishes Ecofinishes – now that is a breath of fresh air!