What are VOCs and why are they harmful?

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) is the collective term for any organic compound having an initial boiling point less than or equal to 250°C measured at a standard pressure of 101.3 kPa, and refers to the emissions that such compounds produce. Although not all VOCs are harmful, the term is predominantly associated with chemicals generated from burning fuel, oil, gas and diesel exhausts or emitted from paints, solvents and glue. The procedure occurs when liquid turns solid –which happens when paint dries. These chemicals can linger for several weeks after application.

VOCs are harmful not only to the environment by forming ground-level ozone or smoke and thus contributing to climate change, they are harmful to humans and animals as well. In particular, the chemically sensitive, asthma sufferers, those with respiratory problems, eye, nose and throat irritations or allergies are at risk when exposed to newly painted areas. With some of the compounds being listed as carcinogens these are products that all of us should aim to limit our exposure to.

Nevertheless, there is hope – eicó.

eicó paints offer not only a range of superior finishes for interior and exterior applications but, reassuringly, contain some of the lowest VOC ratings anywhere in the paint market.

We can all benefit from using them in our homes, schools, hospitals and offices. eicó paints also offers complete peace of mind for parents, being the perfect choice when decorating children’s bedrooms and nurseries. Despite its genuine green credentials, this paint does not compromise on quality while at the same time offering an extensive colour palette to suit you.

Can I paint directly over wallpaper?

Normally, yes. Ideally, it is always best to strip the wall if you are planning on painting it but, only if the wallpaper has been very well applied, it might be quicker to paint directly onto it. If the wallpaper has a noticeable sheen, then you may need to use an appropriate primer first – we would recommend using Grepp V. Before starting to paint, make sure you have an even surface, with any loose or torn pieces of paper pasted down well and any holes repaired.

My bathroom looks like it has an oil based gloss paint on it. Can I paint straight on to it using eicó paint?

No you cannot paint a waterborne paint directly on to an oil product. We would recommend that you prepare the surface by sanding lightly first, then painting with Grepp V primer before applying two coats of eicó paint (eicó ‘s Alterior Matt is ideal for bathrooms).

Can I cancel my order or return my unwanted paint?

If your order has not been processed, it is possible to cancel if you have a valid reason. Please bear in mind that almost all paint is “tinted to order” hence once tinted we are unable, as elsewhere, to offer a refund.