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Planning on painting a room? First, make sure the paint has no volatile organic compounds.

When you’re talking about interior paint, one of the big catchphrases these days is “Zero VOC Paint.”

VOCs refers to Volatile Organic Compounds. Without going into a chemistry lesson, these things are not good for people or the environment, so removing them is a good thing.

The problem is that when you add tint to the paint to get a specific color, you put the VOCs right back in it.

There are companies that offer pre-tinted LOW VOC paints in a variety of colors. But remember, if you have the paint pro add anything to alter the color, you’re defeating the purpose.

A true Zero VOC paint will offer a powdered tint that you add yourself so you can choose from a wider variety of colors and still get the health benefits you want.

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Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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