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Main Title Characterization of low-voc latex paints /
Author Chang, John C. S. ; Fortmann, R. C. ; Roache, N. F. ; Lao, H. C.
Other Authors
Author Title of a Work
Fortmann, Roy.
Roache, Nancy F.
Lao, Huei-Chen.
CORP Author ARCADIS Geraghty and Miller, Inc., Research Triangle Park, NC.;Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC. National Risk Management Research Lab.
Publisher U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development,
Year Published 1999
Report Number EPA/600/A-99/062; NRMRL-RTP-P-386; EPA-68-D4-0005
Stock Number PB99-171522
Subjects Paint--Effect of air pollution on. ; Paint--Air pollution effects
Additional Subjects Latex ; Paints ; Emissions ; Test methods ; Air pollution sampling ; Test chambers ; Indoor air pollution ; Stationary sources ; Emission tests ; Volatility ; Analytical methods ; Volatile organic compounds
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
NTIS  PB99-171522 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
Collation 8 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
The paper gives results of an evaluation of four commercially available low-VOC (volatile organic compound) latex paints as substitutes for conventional latex paints by assessing both their emission characteristics and their performance as coatings. Bulk analysis indicated that the VOC contents of all four paints are considerably lower than those of conventional latex paints. Low-VOC emissions were confirmed by small chamber emission tests. However, sigificant emissions of several aldehydes, especially formaldehyde, were detected from two of the paints. ASTM methods were used to evaluate the hiding power, scrubbability, washability, dry to touch, and yellowing index. The results indicated that one of the low-VOC paints tested showed performance equivalent or superior to that of a widely used conventional latex paint used as a control. It was concluded that low-VOC latex paint can be a viable option to replace conventional latex paints for prevention of indoor air pollution. However, paints marketed as 'low-VOC' may still have significant emissions of some individual VOCs, and some may not have performance characteristics matching those of conventional latex paints.
EPA project officer: John C.S. Chang. Performed by ARCADIS Geraghty & Miller, Inc.; prepared by the Air Pollution Prevention and Control Division, National Risk Management Research Laboratory, for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development. "For presentation at Indoor Air '99, Edinburgh, Scotland, 8/8-13/99." "Prepared for: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development." Includes bibliographical references. "EPA-600/A-99/062." PB99-171522. Microfiche.