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Painting giants Sherwin Williams and Behr have changed from oil tints to a zero-VOC water-based tinting system. Both companies have introduced the systems here in the summer of 2012.

This new system provides an eco-friendly painting application for both house painting contractors and homeowners. The system was first introduced by Benjamin Moore.

The only drawback is that water based tint can’t be used to mix oil based paints. However, there are a couple new products that have been introduced that will soon replace the old Soya Alkyds resins (traditional oils.)

The current projected replacement for traditional oils are Acrylic Alkyds. These waterborne oil hybrids will allow the use of the water-based tinting systems.

This innovation is huge to our environment and means fewer health hazards to the house painting contractor applying the product. The new water-based system also provides better touch ups and better visual results.

Changing the tinting system to a water based platform greatly reduces the chances of hat banding. The tint will also dry at the same rate as the actual paint. But also be aware that with a water based paint and tint, the paint will have the potential to dry very quickly.

Fast drying times are not always a bad thing. And, there are additives that increase open times of paint without adding those nasty voc’s.

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