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In a general sense, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC), are compounds which contain carbon and hydrogen, and evaporate.

In solvent-borne products, these types of compounds often pose an inhalation hazard.

In water-borne products they are often non-hazardous.

However, the amount of VOC in architectural coatings is regulated not because of their immediate health hazard, but because VOCs react in the lower atmosphere to form ozone, the chief component of smog.

To control this problem, architectural coatings must be manufactured to comply with defined VOC limits. These limits are based on subcategories within architectural; such as wood stains, primers and faux coatings. Coatings that are not covered by a specialized subcategory default to the general categories of “gloss” or “non-gloss”.

Companies change their forumlae to keep up with VOC regulations and increasing material costs. This means, that what you used on a jobsite last year may not be the same product this year. Please continue to "test for your application".

  • Proceed textures are formulated to contain less than 50 g/l of VOC’s and, as such, meet the criteria for LEED Credit 4.2 (Low Emitting Materials – Paints and Coatings).

Click here for an article about the lowering of VOC Content in Proceed Products.

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