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Low VOC “Green” Paints

In essence, paint is a spreadable liquid plastic that air cures.  Historically, a vast array of ingredients has been added to paint to promoted smooth coverage and durability.  These ingredients are referred to as volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, and many, such as lead, have been linked to serious medical ailments beyond the throat irritation, headaches, fumes and dizziness we often associate with paint.

Paint formularies have improved greatly over the years with several companies now answering the call for “greener” products. Today's paints are healthier for all concerned -- our crew, your family, and the environment.  Because "green" paints do not off-gas irritating fumes, it is no longer necessary to throw open every window and door or vacate the premises!  In fact, contemporary low odor paints make interior painting hassle free year ‘round.  When cold weather grips New England in mid November, the Catchlight crew heads indoors to focus our full attention on repairing, revitalizing and enhancing interior spaces.

As professional painters, we study paint and frequently spend time educating homeowners, interior designers and builders about the characteristics of contemporary ‘latex’ formulations.  Latex is actually a misnomer as there hasn’t been latex rubber in water based paint for decades. As one might expect, not all paints perform to the same quality standard and while high performance formulas may cost a little extra, price reflects not only how well a coating will apply, adheres and endure but ultimately its appearance and beauty.

Catchlight whole heartedly endorses the Benjamin Moore Aura paint line, outstanding in many respects.   The finish and texture of Aura paint is exceptional – even the “flat" finish feels dense and solid to the touch, rather than porous and textured.  Flat finish Aura paint presents a rich & smooth veneer. When complemented by a "satin" finish Aura, the contrasting sheens work together beautifully.  It is our pleasure to help you select paint types, colors and textures best suited to your taste and home.

Benjamin Moore's Aura paint line also employs a new color-lock technology that prevents pigmentation from rubbing off when touched or wiped. Expect outstanding color saturation, a vast improvement over previous generations of paints susceptible to corruption due to unstable and overloaded pigmentation.  When colors rub off, the result is an unpleasant uneven streaky finish with inconsistent saturation.

The sheen and smooth finish of trim painted with a satin texture mimics the look of a classic hand-brushed oil finish.  As the ultimate goal of every paint chemist is to achieve this look, Catchlight congratulate the bowfins at Benjamin Moore for their success.  It is pleasure to work with Benjamin Moore paints.