If you’ve worked in the home improvement industry for a long time, you know that refinishing tubs and tile is no easy feat. With both, you run into stripping chemicals, like methylene chloride, and other refinishing products that are considered volatile organic compounds or VOCs. These chemicals, as well as the tub reglazing fumes they emit, can be hazardous to your health and the environment. However, they’re also highly effective when it comes to removing existing finishes and giving a tub or shower a dazzling new look. Let’s take a closer look at why these solutions have the potential to be deadly if you don't take the necessary precautions when using them for indoor applications.
What are VOCs?
Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are chemicals that are released as gases or vapors from certain types of solid or liquid materials that contain them. These gasses or vapors can be very harmful on their own, especially when concentrated in enclosed environments. Some VOCs can even cause cancer. Many building materials like paint, paint strippers, varnishes, finishes, caulks, adhesives and much more contain VOCs. You can even find them in household cleaners, cosmetics and tobacco smoke.
How VOCs Can Affect Your Health
When working with stripping and refinishing chemicals in bathrooms, you most likely know that proper ventilation is very important. Many bathrooms don’t have windows or a good flow of fresh air, so the right protective gear and a solid ventilation system are a must. Without the right equipment to prevent the inhalation of VOCs, you might be at risk for breathing problems and nausea, or even damage to the central nervous system and vital organs. At a minimum, VOCs can irritate the eyes, nose and throat. Either way, it’s a lose-lose situation for home improvement professionals.
In the past, many professionals avoided eco-friendly or low VOC bathtub refinishing coatings because they didn’t seem to be as effective as traditional options. But advances in paint technology have allowed the creation of formulas that reduce tub reglazing fumes and VOCs without sacrificing quality or performance before and after.
Why You Should Use Topkote’s Low VOC Bathtub Glazing
Low VOC bathtub refinishing coats are a simple way to reduce pollution and protect the environment. The decision to use them should always be a non-negotiable choice when your health, and the health of your employees and customers, is on the line.
When you select a quality low VOC bathtub and tile coating such as Topkote's 280 Low VOC Glaze, you can help improve air quality in a major way. If you’ve been reluctant to choose a low VOC glazing solution because of its past performance reputation, you'll be happy to know that our 280 Low VOC Bathtub Refinishing Glaze has been formulated to deliver the quality and results that you’re used to, just in a more environmentally-friendly formula. So, if you’re ready to create a better work environment for everyone involved, make the switch today.
If you have questions about our 280 Low VOC Glaze, feel free to contact us.