Residential Painting Woodlands, TX: The Pros and Cons of Organic Paint
Organic or natural paints are paints made up of natural ingredients and devoid of traditional products’ chemical components, or they contain very little.
They are ideal for both interiors and exteriors, particularly for heavily used spaces such as children’s bedrooms.
Let’s take stock of the characteristics of these natural paints and their advantages and disadvantages.
What Is Natural Or Organic Paint?
Vegetable paint is a paint composed of renewable natural materials, that is to say, natural and biodegradable products that do not pollute the environment. It contains the following elements:
• Solvents of plant origin (such as citrus distillates, water, and/or balsamic turpentine), to provide elasticity to the paint and preserve its liquid appearance
• Binders are composed of vegetable oils (linseed, castor, lavender, or soybean) and natural resins and beeswax or lime, which make it possible to homogenize the texture of the paint and bind the different ingredients between them.
• Fillers, such as clay, chalk, quartz powder, or silica, give thickness to the paint.
• Pigments of vegetable or mineral origin give the color to these ecological paints, such as madder, turmeric, sandalwood, reseda, sienna, ocher, etc.
These natural and ecological paints are devoid of the products and chemical components that make up traditional paints or contain very little.
Accordingly, they are recommended for painting the interiors of houses, especially bedrooms, which are busy rooms.
To be considered environmentally friendly, natural paint must contain almost 98.5% of natural components.
If it costs a little more than traditional paints, it is much healthier for the health of the home occupants and the preservation of ecosystems.
Moreover, its effectiveness has significantly increased over the years since these paints are of high quality, with deep and covering pigments and colors suitable for all surfaces and all materials.
Natural paints can combine VOCs (the volatile organic compounds), but their content is reduced since it is limited to 5g per liter of product.
Note that the paint must also be ecological, that is to say, energy-efficient, recyclable and biodegradable.
Finally, ecological labels are also necessary, particularly the Ecolabel, NF Environnement, or Ecocert label, to bear witness to the quality and truly ecological product.
Pros of Organic Paint
• Easy to handle, it does not generally require a mask to be worn and the brushes and rollers are very easily rinsed with water after use.
• It is a long-lasting product, which is UV resistant. It does not fade or crack on the surface, provided that you have removed any old glycerol type paint already present on the surface.
• It is a microporous paint that allows the wall to breathe and naturally eliminate its moisture. It also allows the wood to breathe better.
• Natural paint is elastic and easy to apply with all types of brushes and rollers.
• It has excellent hiding power and often requires fewer coats than traditional paint. The yield is much higher.
• Its natural pigments are of deep, resistant, and harmonious color.
• The range of colors and finishes is now extensive, both for interior and exterior. The same color can present multiple shades and very diverse aspects.
• It gives off no or very few toxic odors and fumes.
Cons of Organic Paint
• Its cost is generally higher than that of traditional paints. It is estimated that it takes about 20% more for equivalent coverage. However, the additional cost is offset by the ease of application.
• Organic paint has a shorter shelf life and should be used as soon as the jar is opened.
• The drying time is often longer. It takes between 4 and 8 hours and up to a week for complete drying between two coats. This longer time is explained by the absence of a chemical drying accelerator.
• Even though these paints are healthier, they may present risks of allergies to some people due to certain natural components.
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