Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Natural vs. Synthetic Paints
Synthetic paints have some real advantages. They don't generally react chemically with the surfaces they're painted on, or with underlying paints, as natural paints can. They can be more durable, as well, and the cost may be lower.
Synthetic paints have some serious problems. Most are based on petroleum, and since they're oil-based, they're fat soluble and can be absorbed into skin and lungs. They emit chemicals that are harmful to the environment. They also use up resources that can't be renewed.
Water-based paints are an alternative. Until recently, they weren't as effective or as attractive as oil-based paints, but newer formulations and beautifully saturated, long-lasting, and better for the environment of your home and the larger environment as well.
Natural oil-based paints are the new industry darling. Castor oil in particular is turning up in the newest paints. It creates a waterproof surface for concrete floors, yet lets wood breathe and avoid mould. It soaks into porous surfaces like wood and dries quickly.
The Australian Paint Approval Scheme helps you choose the most environmentally sound paints, whether they use natural or synthetic ingredients.Your professional painter can advise you on the best choices for the job you have in mind.
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