Is It Safe To Paint Indoors in the Winter?

Posted by Sam Sundeleaf on Friday, September 18, 2020

We hear a lot of awesome questions during the fall and winter interior painting season. Most have to do with surface prep, repairs, colors, and developing a strategic plan. But we also encounter questions about paint fumes, and whether or not it’s safe to paint indoors during the colder months.

This is a legitimate consideration, especially since not all that long go paint fumes could render a space unusable, lingering even after the paint had dried.

So, let’s dive in and take a closer look.

What Causes Paint Fumes?

Without digging too deeply into the science of your paint formula, we’ll just say that the chemical odor is due to “volatile organic compounds” that dissipate after the paint is applied. It used to be that these were an essential part of the formula, and that lowering the amount of VOCs raised valid concerns about how it could negatively impact the paint’s performance. 

Now for the good news.

Breathe Easy! Take a Closer Look At Low-Odor Interior Paint

Paint has taken incredible strides in recent years, performing (and looking) better than ever before. And, a big part of those improvements have arrived in the arena of odor levels. 

There are many, many low-odor paints available today that offer all of the strength and longevity you need, just without the outdated VOCs. With that said, very few paints are truly zero-VOC, but many are low-VOC. If you have specific sensitivities or allergies, talk to your painter! But in most circumstances, you can expect a very light paint smell as it’s applied, but the smell will be basically nonexistent by the time the paint dries. And that’s very, very quickly.

Have Any Other Painting Questions?

We’re here to help! Contact us today at Sundeleaf Painting to get started. We’d love to put our skill and craftsmanship to work for you, along with our nearly 100 years of local service.

Sundeleaf Painting, Inc.
2037 SE Ochoco Street
Portland, Oregon 97222
(503) 236-9797

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