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Architectural Paints

Architectural paints -- If your home was built before 1978, it may contain lead-based paint. When undertaking a new painting project, layers of older paint can become disturbed through scraping or sanding. Take precautions to protect your family from this lead-based, toxic dust. Follow EPA guidelines for proper prep and clean-up techniques, found at http://www.epa.gov/lead/.  
 
Some paints contain volatile organic compound (VOC) levels which can cause irritation to the eyes, throat, nose and skin, as well as headaches and dizziness. Prolonged exposure can also damage the kidneys and liver.  These toxins are used to give paints certain desirable qualities, such as the ability to provide coverage in one coat, and the ability to dry in a reasonable amount of time. However, the health risks should be considered when deciding on the right paint for your needs.  
 
For safer, No-VOC or Low-VOC paints, see: 
          http://www.benjaminmoore.com/ for EcoSpec, Aura and Natura paints 
          http://www.afmsafecoat.com/  for SafeCoat paints 
          http://www.greendepot.com/ for healthier paints, including their own Ivy Coatings,
          made in Brooklyn, NY 
          http://www.mythicpaint.com/ for Mythic 100% Non-toxic paints
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