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Sherwin-Williams, PPG Agree To Stop Lying To Consumers About ‘Zero VOC’ Paints

Many interior paints contain Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in the form of solvents, some of which can be harmful to your health. So when a container of Dutch Boy Refresh paint proudly declares “Zero VOC,” one might reasonably think “Yay, no volatile organic compounds for me.” Well… maybe so, maybe not. [More]

Buncha Lead Found In Ceramic Cultural Crockery

Buncha Lead Found In Ceramic Cultural Crockery

While traveling you might be tempted to pick a neat piece of handmade tableware, like a bright red spoon in a Chinatown shop or a wonderfully molded Mexican jug. But besides memories, you might be bringing back home an unexpected stowaway: lead. [More]

Lawsuit: Benjamin Moore's Odorless Paint Actually Quite Stinky

Lawsuit: Benjamin Moore's Odorless Paint Actually Quite Stinky

Benjamin Moore’s Natura paint is billed as an eco-friendly, odorless paint with no volatile organic compounds that doesn’t stink up your house while it dries. Some consumers love it, and some don’t. Bu some consumers really don’t like it, and one woman has initiated a class-action suit claiming that Natura wouldn’t dry and stunk up her house so badly that she couldn’t stay in her home. [More]

Great Customer Service Is Just How Wagner Rolls

Great Customer Service Is Just How Wagner Rolls

Michael writes bought an electric paint roller to get through the huge amount of painting required to make his new house look nice. Eventually, its motor died, leaving Michael and his wife without painting power. All was not lost, however: Michael had saved the receipt, and the roller had a two-year warranty. A two-year warranty that the company stands behind. Now Michael has an even better roller, and wanted to share his experience with Consumerist. [More]

http://consumerist.com/2009/06/19/use-this-calculator-to-figure/

Use this calculator to figure out just how much paint you need for your room. [MyHomeIdeas.com via Lifehacker]

Dear Lowes: A Gallon Has 128 Fluid Ounces, Not 116

Dear Lowes: A Gallon Has 128 Fluid Ounces, Not 116

A reader wants to know why Lowes advertises and sells gallons of house paint that aren’t full gallons. Their website says the cans are “1-Gallon.” Their receipts describe them as 1 gallon cans of paint. Even the stickers they print out and place on the lids say “One Gallon.” But Brian notes that when he brought the paint home and really looked at the cans, “One of the labels read ‘116 Fluid Ounces; 3.43 liters’, the second label read ‘126 Fluid Ounces; 3.725 Liters.'”

FedEx Turns Shipment Of DVDs Into Can Of Old House Paint

FedEx Turns Shipment Of DVDs Into Can Of Old House Paint

John at Needcoffee.com writes that he’s come to expect the occasional “damaged in transit” theft of items from packages he ships or receives, at least through the U.S Postal Service. With private carriers, however, he notes that he’s always had better luck. But last week he opened a box of DVDs shipped to him via FedEx to discover a rusty can of $5 house paint.

State Farm: This 1963 Chrysler Newport Is Not An Antique, Unless You Give It A Fresh Coat Of Paint. What?

State Farm: This 1963 Chrysler Newport Is Not An Antique, Unless You Give It A Fresh Coat Of Paint. What?

Humphrmi’s 1963 Chrysler Newport has antique license plates, meaning he can’t drive to or from anywhere other than car shows, shops and parades; but State Farm won’t insure the car as an antique unless it gets a new coat of paint. “You have to paint the car,” they said, to avoid a 33% higher premium. Does this strike anyone else as insane?

Confusing: Paint Mask Should Not Be Used With Paint?

Confusing: Paint Mask Should Not Be Used With Paint?

Reader Mike is confused by this 3M Latex Paint and Odor Respirator with Valve. The front of the package lists “disposable aerosol spray paint cans” as something the mask “helps provide relief” from. However, the instructions seem to say that you shouldn’t use it with paint spray. What should he do?

Consumer Reports Says It Doesn't Pay To Buy Cheap Paint

Consumer Reports Says It Doesn't Pay To Buy Cheap Paint

Our friends at Consumer Reports tell us that even though the price of exterior paints and stains has gone up a few dollars per gallon on average from last year (due to price hikes for many of the petrochemicals that go into paint), big box stores are keeping consumers isolated from manufacturers who would love to be passing on those added costs. It may be tempting to cut costs by buying a lower quality product, but CR warns against using crappy paint. Specifically, CR suggested Behr (sold at Home Depot), Valspar (Lowe’s), and Kilz (Wal-Mart) as competitively priced paints that “ranked among the top performers.”

RC2: Kids Falling Out Of Feeding Chair, Potty-Training Chair Contaminated With Lead

RC2: Kids Falling Out Of Feeding Chair, Potty-Training Chair Contaminated With Lead

It’s been one hell of a morning for RC2. The manufacturer of the infamous lead-tainted Thomas & Friends toys is recalling a feeding chair that 12 kids have managed to use as a launch platform and a “Winnie-the-Pooh” potty-training chair that’s tainted with lead. Funnily enough, only the orange paint used on the “Winne-the-Pooh” plaque is tainted.

The Softer Side Of Lead Paint

The Softer Side Of Lead Paint

Foreign manufacturers use lead paint not because they want to poison American children, but because lead paint is, “bright, durable, flexible, fast-drying, and cheap.” The domestic use of lead paint in residences, hospitals, and children’s products was banned in 1978, though lead paint is still widely used. Slate explains:

Happy Ending Nears For Customer With Crazily Painted Car?

Happy Ending Nears For Customer With Crazily Painted Car?

We’ve been hounding a paint store in Colorado to fix a customer’s car like they said they would. After numerous delays, Fred’s crazy-painted car may be looking normal soon.

Save Big Money On Paint: If You Don't Care About The Color

The other great place to look is your local sanitation department. Most cities have specific divisions that deal with paints, since you can’t just toss them in a landfill. In Alameda, CA, it’s a garage full of five-gallon buckets of paint, wall to wall. They’ll just let you take what you want in most cases. They have to dispose of it somehow anyway!

Little whats-his-name will be so happy you saved money, he won’t even notice that his room is tow-zone yellow. —MEGHANN MARCO

Update: Sherwin-Williams Customer Service Is Color Blind, Now My Car Looks Crazy

Update: Sherwin-Williams Customer Service Is Color Blind, Now My Car Looks Crazy

Awesome Paint Preview Tool

Awesome Paint Preview Tool

Thinking about painting a room in your house, but aren’t sure what it will look like? Curbly points the way to Benjamin Moore’s website, where there is a truly nifty tool for previewing paint colors. You can choose sample rooms that are similar to yours, or for 10 bucks, upload pictures of your actual room.

Sherwin-Williams Customer Service Is Color Blind, Now My Car Looks Crazy

Sherwin-Williams Customer Service Is Color Blind, Now My Car Looks Crazy

A Sherwin-Willams’ store incompetence totally messed up Fred’s car. Look at that hood front quarter and nose fascia..

Ghetto Paint Your Car

Ghetto Paint Your Car