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What Does Low VOC Mean

What Does Low VOC Mean?

What Does Low VOC Mean

My Arlington painter only uses low VOC paints by Sherwin Williams. These paints reduce the possibility of irritation that come from paint drying and when being applied. That brings up the question what are VOCs and how do they affect some people.

In recent years, there has been increased concern over indoor air quality. Consumers have become more aware of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) due to some people being sensitive. Consumers have also become aware of how widespread these compounds are- present in things ranging from household cleaners to paint.

What are volatile organic compounds? When it comes to paints, VOCs are used to help the paint bind to the surface. They help the application and drying of the paint. Unfortunately for some, they can have negative effects during drying and as they are being applied. People who are sensitive to VOCs when the compounds in the paint break down they may cause health issues including, but not limited to headache, nausea, throat irritation, fatigue, dizziness and loss of coordination.

Fortunately, as awareness has increased, so too has the availability of alternatives from which consumers can choose. More eco-friendly, health-friendly options commonly known as "low VOC" are available on the market when it comes to painting options.As we indicated before these are the paints used by My Arlington Painter.

These newer options have been formulated with the safety of both consumer and the environment in mind. When it comes to making a choice for interior painting Arlington VA of your home or office, a low VOC option is a safe and effective choice. Rather than solvent- or oil-based paint, this is a water-based coating.

Of course, low VOC does not mean no VOC. In order to deliver the quality and performance that customers expect, some VOCs typically do need to still be used in these products. However, the concentrations are significantly less than what is found in more traditional paint products. There are some solvents that have been deemed exempt, which means that they are permitted to be used in products labeled "low VOC." Their use in these products is carefully monitored by the appropriate regulatory bodies.

While environmentally friendly paint options are a welcome choice for consumers in general, they are especially important for certain sensitive populations. Two prime examples of locations serving such populations are nurseries and hospitals.

One of the notable differences with low VOC products, which helps to make them so attractive for use with sensitive populations, is that they tend to not have the sort of strong odors associated with their less eco-friendly counterparts. While odor is not an indicator of the healthiness of a particular product, it certainly can play a role in a sensitive individual having a reaction to a product.

When making decisions about interior or exterior painting in Arlington VA know that My Arlington painter focuses on low VOC paint products. When considering painting contractors in Arlington VA always consider one that provides low VOC options. The results can be beautiful and durable like non-low VOC options- just without all the potential health risks.

By My Arlington Painter 9-11-2019

How to Patch a Hole

How to Patch a Hole?

The walls in our home definitely take a beating. Maybe your kid was riding their cool new bike in the house or maybe you were trying to move that sectional to the basement, either way, now there is a dent in your wall. You could just hang a poster or move some furniture over the crime scene and hope no one would be the wiser but patching a hole in your wall may be easier than you think. The My Painter crew is here to help you make it look like nothing ever happened.

Small Holes

Places where picture frames once hung or your tv was mounted can leave behind small holes once moved. The good news is that even if you cannot tell a Phillips head from a flat head, you can patch these holes yourself.

Hopefully you have some paint left over from the room you are working in, otherwise you may end up having a painting project on your hands as well. All you need to do for this repair is four simple things. First, sand down the hole so it is smooth. Second, using a putty knife, fill the hole with putty. Third, sand down the excess putty once dried. And fourth, prime and paint the area. Baddabing baddaboom! Good as new.

Medium Holes

These slightly larger holes are also not difficult to take on thanks to patch kits that are readily available. Pick up a kit and get to work.

Second verse, same as the first. Start out by sanding the area smooth. Prep work is a big part of what the final outcome will look like, so be sure to really smooth the edges of the hole. Next, take the self-adhesive patch provided and line it up as centered as you can. Really press along the edges to make it secure. Follow that up by spackling over the patch. Use your putty knife to really work the spackling in along the edges of the patch. You may need to apply multiple coats in order to fully cover the patch. Once completely dry and fully covered, sand down the area once again and finish with paint.

Large Holes

For this type of drywall repair, you will need a few more tools. Specifically, you will want to grab measuring tape, a piece of drywall, a pencil, drywall saw, sandpaper, and putty.

Begin by cutting your new drywall piece 2 inches larger than your hole, both in height and width. Take off the 2 extra inches of your drywall leaving just the paper backing. You will use this to secure your piece in place.

Next, measure and enlarge the hole to match your drywall piece. Be sure to sand any excess paint and debris once you have made your cuts, so you can work with a smooth surface.

Now, you will want to paste putty onto the paper backing part of your filler piece and apply it to the hole. Press firmly along all edges to make sure it is attached.

Next, plaster the entire patch with putty. Just as with the smaller self-adhesive patch, you will probably need to do several coats. Let it dry and finish up with paint.

There you have it. With a few simple steps, you will be saying, “Hole? What hole?” Sometimes though, you may have a drywall repair that may require a bit more expertise. Such as when water damage is present. If this is the case for you, do not worry. My Painter will be happy to come out and take care of any drywall needs you have. We make sure to take the time to retexture your wall before leaving so that you will never be able to spot the difference between your original wall and the patch.

By My Painter 9-5-2019