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Latex Paint:

latex paints

What is it?

Latex paint can be used indoors or out of doors on walls, wood and ceilings. The label on the can will say where the paint should be used. It is also called water based paint.

What's in it?

The main solvent used in latex paint is water. The other ingredients are pigments and fillers. The term "latex" refers to the resin that is contained in the paint. Paints that are used outside may have larger amounts of biocides in them.

What health and safety precautions do you need to think about with latex paint?

Indoor water-soluble latex paints may be of low toxicity unless ingested in large quantities. Some interior latex paint can emit formaldehyde when it is drying. Latex paints that give off high levels of formaldehyde when drying can give you a headache and irritate eyes, nose and throat.

Befor using these products, you need to be sure to always "Read the Label First" to know how to properly use these products and for safety information. In the room that is being painted, open the windows and doors fully. Put a box fan in the window directing the air and fumes out of doors. Keep the fan on while painting and for about 48 hours thereafter. Keep small children away from the room where the painting is being done and away from the open cans of paint. Do not use paint that is labeled for "exterior use only" indoors.

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