Coating with low Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)

By: G & W Resurfacing Experts  19-05-2011

The product that we have changed to is the only coating product in Canada to live up to these standards of providing a coating with low Volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
You may see words like  ‘low VOC’, ‘low emission’ ‘no odor’ or ‘no VOCs’ on product labels such as paints but what does this actually mean?
VOC is short for volatile organic compounds, which are chemical compounds that have high enough vapor pressures under normal conditions to significantly vaporize and enter the air. VOCs that escape into the air contribute to air pollution outdoors and inside our homes. Emissions and odor are sometimes used instead of VOC but are often used to mean the same thing.
There are a wide range of carbon-based molecules (hence ‘organic’) that are considered VOCs such as aldehydes, ketones, and hydrocarbons, but there is no universally accepted definition or comprehensive list of VOCs. Not all organic compounds are volatile either as many plastics (polymers) and other large molecules may not have significant vapor pressure at room temperatures.

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