(Closed) Has anyone used low-VOC/clay-based/eco-friendly paints?

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Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’ve personally not used any low or no VOC paints yet, but I’ve read quite a bit about it on YHL here, here, and here, for example.  If you click on the last link in the comments Sherry & John say they “…love Home Depot’s line of No VOC paint called FreshAire.”

Mr. Bee also mentioned getting organic paint at Benjamin Moore: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/give-me-your-best-painting-tips#post-1071307

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’ve heard that Benjamin Moore’s Aura is very good, though we haven’t tried it yet—but that’s what we plan to use with our kitchen remodel, since we’ve been very impressed with their standard paints. We have tried both Yolo and American Pride, which are fine in flat and not so great in enamel finishes. (Enamel is hard to do well in anything but oil-based because the oil helps the paint settle and give that smooth finish….so it’s a tradeoff.)

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Olympic has a brand of No VOC paint you can get at Lowes for about the same price as regular paint. I’ve used it several times and I really liked it. 

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

We’ve used the Fresh Aire brand to repaint our bathroom, the nursery, and the hallway.  I was very happy with the color choices and the way the paint looked on the walls.  I think it was about $40/gallon.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Oh, one more—Mythic paint, if you have a dealer near you, is supposed to be great. We haven’t tried it either, as we’ve only had a dealer in town for a couple of years. It’s low-odor no-VOC. However, I’m guessing it is probably more expensive than some of the others, based on where it’s sold….though who knows.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee

Natura by Benjamin Moore is supposed to be the best.  We used that for our nursery, but I don’t think you have to go that far for a normal room.  You could save $ and still do low VOC.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I have used the Aura line by Benjamin Moore to paint our bedroom and it is AMAZING!  Great coverage and barely any odor.  I highly recommend it and will be using it the next time that we paint, no question about it!

We didn’t use the Natura because at the time we painted (last year) all the reviews I read implied that the formulation took a number of coats to really cover well and as we were painting a LARGE space I didn’t want to take that choice.  For a smaller room, I’d likely get that instead though. Smile

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Benjamin Moore is the paint that I have heard most highly regarded.  Sherwin Williams makes a great NO VOC paint, it’s not too expensive either, compared to their other paints.

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

We used Sherwin-Williams low VOC paint.  It worked great.  I did hear the Benj-Moore low-VOC was the best, but it was way more expensive than Sher-Will.  Definately go for one of the high quality brands (I never heard good things about Lowe’s brand or Home Depot brand).  Low VOC is definately worth it.  We used a regular paint on our ceiling and we could smell it for days, while the low VOC we barely smelled.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We recently used Sherwin-Williams low VOC paint for our entry-way/kitchen/dining area and it was pretty good too.  Low to no odor and great coverage also, if price is a consideration.  I guess I’m just Benjamin Moore loyal now, heh.

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