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With more eco-friendly choices becoming available in paint stores, it’s important to explore the options.
Look at ingredients.
According to the EPA, indoor pollution is a major problem because of poor ventilation. Volatile organic compounds ( VOCs ) are released when people paint. VOCs can cause of variety of health issues like dizziness, nausea, and even cancer. Most environmentally healthier paints contain oil and water instead of harsh chemicals, and they have the same effect as regular paint.
Choose natural paint.
Natural paint is really just paint without harsh chemicals. Clay paint is made of minerals like chalk. Although it uses water as a solvent, it can be used on most surfaces with one or two coats. All the same, clay paint is usually expensive. A cheaper alternative is lime wash, which is limestone mixed with water. It can be used indoors and outdoors which is a plus because many eco-friendly paints are not tough enough for the outdoors--- which is the reason for the chemicals in other paints. Go to your local paint store to see more options –there are many interesting choices, even milk paint!
If you see paint chips on the bathtub or on the side of the house, make sure to repaint. If it’s lead paint, remove it before repainting surface to lessen risk of contamination. Old lead paint chips contribute to lead dust, in which particulate matter aggravates the lungs. Removing paint can be a hassle, so be sure to wear disposable goggles, gloves, facial masks, s...
General Painting Technique
General Painting Technique
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Here are the key steps to preparing a room for a new coat of paint or paper. Whatever type of surface you're going to tackle it must be clean, dry and smooth for the best results - preparation is the secret of a good-looking finish.
Time to complete job: Preparing a room for a new coat of paint or paper will take at least half a day, including filling and smoothing old plaster.
Tip: Before to begin, always protect yourself by using a dust mask and your floor by laying down dust sheets.
Step 1: Ensure that the surface is smooth.
Using a sanding block, or cork block with sanding paper attached and a flexible filling knife where necessary, remove all debris such as paint flakes. For more tips on stripping back paint, see Paint Stripping. If there is wallpaper on the walls this will need removing. For tips on doing this, see Stripping Wallpaper.
Step 2: Repairing damaged plaster
Sometimes patches of old plaster become loose or cracked. Pick out the loose areas with your filling knife and repair the areas with plaster filler. Work methodically over the whole room to make sure you have treated all the damaged areas. When the filler is dry, use an electric sander or sanding block to smooth any rough areas of plaster and blend in the new repairs. Very powdery plasterwork or new bare plaster should be coated with a coat of plaster sealer. Depending on the size that requires repairing, you may need to patch it up. Tip: In order to ensure as nice a finish around the door frames and skirting boards as possible ensure that no cracks are present. Ensure that you remove any debris such as flaking pain and anything else that does not belong and then seal the gaps by carefully applying the decorators sealant.
Step 3: Cleaning
Wash off any black mould with a solution of household bleach and leave to dry. Stains left by mould or tobacco use can quite easily be masked with anti damp paint or watered down unibond which are available at all hardware stores. Tip: It's essential to treat the cause of mould and damp patches before redecorating.
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Toxic Free Paints
The air quality inside homes due to chemicals is worse than outside, and asthma and allergy rates have skyrocketed over the past 25 years. Toxic free Zero VOC paints are now available for just a few dollars more per gallon than regular paint. You may be spending a lot of your time or $400-$600 per room to have someone paint your house, so why not spend a few extra dollars to create a healthier home for your family.
Savings come in the offset for air fresheners, purifiers, or a trip to the doctor. If just one household member needs to go to the doctor each year, the co-pay may be $25, or if you had to buy any respiratory medicine you'll save. Long term health is not even factored into the savings. As well, if you sell your house you can list is as Zero VOC paint to distinguish your home from others on the market.
The ROI calculation is based on paying $3.50 extra per gallon for the Zero VOC paint for 20 gallons (prime and top coat) that would cover about five rooms.
Since the majority of time and cost goes into the labor…why not spend a few extra dollars to breathe easy.
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