Archive for November, 2009

Renew Paint Thinner

Renew Paint Thinner

Renew Paint Thinner

So check this out, Water based paint thinner. Five years ago if you asked me if this was going to be on my shelves I would have laughed at you… and yet here it is and of course me having to try and test everything out, I can let you know that this product is the real deal, it preformed like it claims, and overall I was quite impressed with it. You can use it to thin oil base paints, clean walls and garage floors with it, clean up after painting projects… and being a water base it is a lot softer on the skin than traditional paint thinners. Of course proper safety precautions are always important… gloves, goggles etc. but still if you do happen to get some on your hands… no burning sensation like traditional thinners. Get this, Even the plastic bottle when empty is recyclable when cleaned out. I would have never guessed that I would one day be blogging and telling you about a water base, low VOC, low odour, non-flammable paint thinner. Thanks Recochem! Check out the additional info at Recochem’s website.

What’s in a logo?

IA_greenpromise001_365x267The Green Promise designation is Benjamin Moore’s assurance that it’s environmentally friendly coatings meet and often exceed the strictest industry standards, while also delivering the premium levels of performance you expect from Benjamin Moore.

Let’s face it, environmentally friendly products are no longer a “fad” or “buzzword.” Consumers are demanding and are more aware of the green choices they are faced with at the time of purchasing.  Whether it’s better light bulbs, more efficientvehicles, the “green message” is everywhere, and it’s here to stay. Fortunately several companies have stepped to the forefront of this wave and have developed technology that not only is environmentally friendly, but also enhance and improve their product as they strive forth into this new era. Benjamin Moore’s patented waterborne colourant system has done just that. With paint, it’s environmental impact is measured in volatile organic compounds (VOC).  With many low VOC paints your colour choice was extremely limited, simply because the tint that was used was so high in VOCs. With Benjamin Moore’s new system, you get any colour, any where… the tint not only does not add anything harmful to the paint, it actually enhances and makes the already premium product that much better. So look for the logo, Benjamin Moore’s Green Promise Logo.

Natural wood surfaces in your home

Terra Nova NaturOil
Terra Nova NaturOil

One of the fairly obscure products that we like to keep in stock at Calgary South Decorating and SouthPointe Paint & Decor is oil for Butcher Blocks and Cutting Boards. It is a product that should be found in every kitchen, yet rarely is. Its main purpose is to keep all your kitchen wood surfaces from drying out and forming large cracks. Cracks can lead to tough hidden areas that are hard to clean and could result in a breeding ground for bacteria. Terra Nova NaturOil is a non-toxic blend of pure oils that naturally nourish the wood and keep it from drying out. It’s FDA approved and can be used on salad bowls, wooden handles, childrens wood toys, etc.

One easy way to tell if a commercial finish is safe for toys or food contact is of course to read the label. Look for a ”non-toxic” label but if you are still in doubt read the label to see if the product contains metals such as zinc, selenium, barium, mercury, lead, chromium etc. Any finish that contains any of the above, I would  not  consider to be safe for toys or food contact. Many  “natural oil”  finishes such as tung, or danish oils, do contain toxic metal driers, so a little research before you apply any finish is always recommended. Most paint manufacturers have safety data sheets online and if you can’t find them there be sure to check with the store in which you purchased the product.