Green Painting in Northeast Portland


When we say "Thinking Green" we are not thinking about the color of the paint you are considering for your living room walls! A "Green" paint job is an environmentally friendly approach to painting.  "Green" painting not only improves the look of your home, but also promotes a healthier lifestyle.  Plus, you are contributing to helping make our planet a better place for future generations by creating a lighter carbon footprint.  At Fresh Paint we are committed to doing our part to create a safer, healthier environment for our customers and our employees.

Toxins, Air Pollution, and Lead

Conventional paints, removers, and thinners often contain cancer-causing toxins. by choosing more durable, greener painting products, you will not only have to paint less frequently, you will also contribute to lower levels of air pollution, which is created during the production, use, and disposal of toxic paints.

At Fresh Paint, we believe in using less toxic options and taking precautions on the job site. Our employees are trained in compliance with Oregon's Lead Abatement Laws, and we strictly follow all rules and regulations put in place to reduce the risk of lead poisoning.

What are these VOCs we keep hearing about?

You have probably heard the phrase regarding that “fresh coat of paint smell”. What you really smell are VOCs. VOCs or “Volatile Organic Compounds” are substances that easily convert to gas at room temperatures. Many paints and strippers emit these gases as they dry. The symptoms from exposure to VOCs range from eye, nose, and throat irritation to liver, kidney and central nervous system failure. Some VOCs such as Benzene are known to cause cancer.

Low VOC paint uses less solvents and toxic metal compounds and can dissipate after 12 hours.  In addition, low VOC paint lessens the amount of ground level ozone pollution (e.g., global warming) and negative impacts for humans, animals, and plants. Please ask us about low VOC painting options when we come out to do an estimate for your home or business.

Why use latex paint?

Paints are generally classified into two categories: water-based and oil-based. A water-based paint requires only water for cleanup, while oil-based paint requires an organic liquid solvent, usually derived from petrochemicals.  Over the years, paint manufacturers have reduced or eliminated toxins such as lead, mercury, and chromium from nearly all consumer paints.

Today's latex paints will meet most of your needs for both interior and exterior jobs.  Latex paints have fewer VOCs than oil-based paints.  Please ask us about low VOC latex painting options for your home or business.  We are very familiar with many painting products and would be happy to consult with you to help you find the best product for your needs.

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