Like any other industry, the painting trade continues to evolve. From paint manufacturing to applying it on the walls, many amazing developments are already in practical use.
The course of progress
A paint coat exuding toxic PVC fumes is unhealthy despite its amazing color quality! The industry continually evolves to keep toxicity out of paints. It is not only vital for a healthy home but is also important for the health of professionals using the products regularly. At one time, most paints were lead-based. This was before the 1980s. After the threat of lead poisoning became evident, such paints were banned by state legislations.
Then, the industry began to prefer oil based paints. These are better than the lead-based paints, but come with serious VOC emission issues. The invisible Volatile Organic Compounds emitting from the walls is evident by the strong and long-lasting chemical odor of oil-based products. Besides, these paints also have other issues like prolonged drying time, peeling, and mildew issues.
Latex based paints entered the market to meet the demand for safer alternatives. Currently, these make up about 80% of the total domestic paint purchases. These have significant advantages such as breathability for mildew resistance, low VOC emissions, and ease of maintenance. The latest paint research is working in this direction.
A company called AERO has developed a spray paint that is completely free of VOCs and requires only a single coat of application. It is also very cost effective because painters do not even have to use primer before the painting. The paint spray can is also very lightweight because AERO requires only a single coat of paint.
Since painting is essentially an aesthetic profession, manufacturers offer amazing texture choices with paints. You can choose from a brushed denim look to a weathered metal surface look on the wall.
Newest paint technology
Some very novel technology has been unveiled lately. For example, scientists at Carnegie Mellon University developed the ARLCRS or the Advanced Robotic Laser Coating Removal System. This apparatus uses laser sensor technology to simultaneously remove paint coatings from aircraft surfaces and register substrate data.
The Dupoint Intellimist System offers painters the flexibility to set required humidity in the paint booths. This ensures a better working condition for the professionals. Another technology called the Boeing Automated Spray method simplifies aircraft painting significantly.
Consult with your painting service to discuss the type of materials they use. Find whether the painters apply minimum VOC paints. You may also want to ask if the painters can provide the exact texture you want, or even customized shades.