Frequently Asked Questions
- Where can I buy YOLO Colorhouse paint?
- What sheens does YOLO Colorhouse have?
- Where should I use the sheens?
- Do you have a primer?
- Where can I get a palette? How can I see the colors?
- What makes your paint environmentally-friendly?
- What is a VOC? Why are they bad?
- Are zero VOC and low VOC paints the same?
- What Is Reactivity-Adjusted VOC Content (RAVOC)?
- What is Test Method D6886?
- What makes YOLO Colorhouse different from other low or zero VOC paints?
- Why choose a zero VOC paint?
- Why were VOCs added to paints in the first place? Why aren’t VOCs in YOLO Colorhouse paint?
- What is LEED? Does YOLO Colorhouse paint qualify for LEED Green Building points?
- Why do you put mildewcide in YOLO Colorhouse paint?
- Does YOLO Colorhouse paint work for chemically sensitive people?
- Is YOLO Colorhouse non-toxic paint?
- Is YOLO Colorhouse a natural paint?
- Is YOLO Colorhouse tested on animals/animal ingredients?
- What ingredients are in YOLO Colorhouse?
- How do I store or dispose of my leftover paint?
- Does YOLO Colorhouse seal in VOCs?
- Is YOLO Colorhouse primer a stain-blocking primer?
- I am pregnant — can I paint?
- Are YOLO Colorhouse paints self-priming? What does “self-priming” mean?
- Does the color add VOCs?
- Do you have carcinogens in your paint?
- Can I paint YOLO Colorhouse paint on floors or furniture?
- Does YOLO Colorhouse offer color-choosing help?
Where can I buy YOLO Colorhouse paint?
What sheens does YOLO Colorhouse have?
YOLO Colorhouse paint is available in flat, eggshell, and semigloss.
Where should I use the sheens?
Flat: Wipeable, high hiding matte finish. Ideal for for use on ceilings and uneven wall surfaces. Not recommended for high traffic areas. Available in Quarts, Gallons, and Fives.
Eggshell: Excellent durability, stain resistance, and moisture resistance. Recommended for all wall and room types including kitchen and baths. Ideal for high traffic areas. Available in Quarts, Gallons, and Fives.
Semi-gloss: Ideal for trim and doors. Available in Quarts , Gallons, and Fives.
Do you have a primer?
YOLO Colorhouse primer can be used when transitioning from a darker color to a lighter color, or when painting new wallboard and raw wood. On smooth drywall finishes (Level 4 and 5 )- thin YOLO Colorhouse Primer with 10% of clean water (3/4 pints per gallon/1/2 per 5-gallons). Dull and prime woodwork previously painted in oil with YOLO Colorhouse Primer — allow 24 hours to cure before painting. Do not use YOLO Colorhouse primer on metallic surfaces or bleeding woods like cedar or redwood.
Where can I get a palette? How can I see the colors?
Design professionals can order YOLO Colorhouse color tools here. The YOLO Colorhouse palette can be viewed on the YOLO Colorhouse website. The website is only a representation of the colors. Since colors vary from monitor to monitor, the best way to view the color is with our Big Chip paint samples. If you want to see what the color is really going to look like in your space, the Big Chip is ideal. You can move the large swatch around the room so you can see what the color looks like in different light, or in different spaces.
What makes your paint environmentally-friendly?
YOLO Colorhouse is proud of what is not in our paint:
No reproductive toxins
No hazardous air pollutants
No ozone depleting compounds
Besides being a zero VOC paint, YOLO Colorhouse looks beyond what is in the can:
LEED Gold manufacturing facility
70% recycled plastic containers
100% post-consumer recycled labels with soy based inks
Poster-size sampling system reduces quart can waste
Displays made from renewable and recyclable materials
For more on the YOLO Colorhouse commitment to the environment click here.
What is a VOC? Why are they bad?
VOC is short for volatile organic compound. In plain terms, these are chemical liquids that evaporate at room temperature. Examples of these include solvents used in low VOC or traditional paints (such as ethylene glycol and paint thinner/turpentine). The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has identified paints to be a major contributor to VOCs inside our homes and in the environment. VOCs contribute to poor indoor air quality, have measurable negative effect on human health, and VOCs contribute to smog/air pollution. Visit the EPA website on VOCs.
Are zero VOC and low VOC paints the same?
No! Technically, the term “zero VOC” paint applies to paints that have < 5 g/L of VOC. The term “low VOC” paint has been applied to paints having a wide range of VOCs from 50 g/L to as much as 250 g/L.
What Is Reactivity-Adjusted VOC Content (RAVOC)?
VOC content has become the primary indicator of environmental impact for paint. When VOCs evaporate into the air, they may promote the formation of ozone, a main ingredient of urban smog. “Reactivity” means the ability of a VOC to promote ozone formation. . Thousands of different VOCs may be present in the air, and different VOCs have different degrees of reactivity – some may be up to 100 times more reactive than others. Current regulations place limits on the amount of VOC in paint, without taking into account reactivity. Reactivity-adjusted VOC content (RAVOC) ratings are a much better way to measure VOCs, as it measures the potential impact a paint may have on air quality.
What is Test Method D6886?
Test Method D6886 is a very accurate test for VOCs. It is more accurate than the EPA Method 24, which is the standard test used determine VOC levels in paints. Test Method D6886 can detect residual trace amounts of VOC in all “Zero VOC” paints, which can enter products through ingredients like water.
What makes YOLO Colorhouse different from other low or zero VOC paints?
YOLO Colorhouse only sells zero VOC paint, we do not sell any products that are low VOC or any traditional water based paints with VOCs. We are committed to human health and environmental health. YOLO Colorhouse was founded to find a healthier paint with excellent performance and durability. YOLO Colorhouse is also committed to sustainability beyond what’s in the paint can. Click here to find out more about our sustainability commitment.
Why choose a zero VOC paint?
It’s better for people and the environment! If everyone in the United States used zero VOC paint instead of a ‘low VOC’ or traditional paints, we would eliminate between 150 million to 1 billion pounds of chemical solvent from being released into the atmosphere. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), VOC concentrations are consistently higher indoors (up to ten times higher). Paint is a significant contributor to indoor air quality because walls and ceilings are roughly 70% of your interiors surface. For more information on indoor air quality go to http://www.epa.gov/iaq
Why were VOCs added to paints in the first place? Why aren’t VOCs in YOLO Colorhouse paint?
Traditional resins/binders (the stuff that sticks to the wall and binds the pigment) required chemical solvents to form a film as the paint dried. YOLO Colorhouse is utilizing state of the art technology that does not require chemical solvents in the paint formulating process. The only solvent that we have in our paint is water. YOLO Colorhouse worked with environmental experts and academics to perfect our formula to have a low impact on human health and the environment.
What is LEED? Does YOLO Colorhouse paint qualify for LEED Green Building points?
LEED is short for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED is a rating system developed by the US Green Building Council system that measures how ‘green’ a building/remodel/new construction is. For more specific information on LEED go to www.usgbc.org/leed/
Below is the break-down for LEED points awarded for the use YOLO Colorhouse paint under LEED version 3.0:
LEED for New Construction 2009 - v3.0 (1 point) IEQ Credit 4.2: Low-Emitting Materials—Paints and Coatings Architectural Paints
LEED for Existing Building Operations &Management 2009 -v3.0 (1 point) MR Credit 3: Sustainable Purchasing—Facility Alterations and Additions
LEED for Commercial Interiors 2009 -v3.0 (1 point) IEQ Credit 4.2: Low-Emitting Materials—Paints and Coatings
LEED for Core and Shell 2009 -v3.0 (1 point) IEQ Credit 4.2: Low-Emitting Materials—Paints and Coatings Architectural Paints
LEED for Homes 2009 -v 3.0 (1/2 point) MR 2 Credit – Environmentally Preferable Products
Why do you put mildewcide in YOLO Colorhouse paint?
Mold and mildew contribute to poor indoor air quality, as well as deteriorating paint color and performance. Essential in exterior paint and preferred in interior paint, our mildewcide is an isothiazolinone- this is the class of chemistries used in personal care items like shampoo and lotions. It is formaldehyde-free, bio-degradable, and effective in preventing mold.
Does YOLO Colorhouse paint work for chemically sensitive people?
While our paints are zero VOC and low odor, for chemically-sensitive customers we recommend consulting a licensed physician and testing our product before using. All chemical sensitivities are unique and affect individuals differently. Our paint is not a natural paint, it is an acrylic product made with chemical compounds. It is our customers’ responsibility to determine if they are sensitive to our formulation. Please note that YOLO Colorhouse is not liable for any product reimbursement due to chemically sensitive scenarios.
Is YOLO Colorhouse non-toxic paint?
We do not refer to YOLO Colorhouse as non-toxic. According to Consumer Reports Greenchoices the non-toxic label in not meaningful for three reasons:
- There are no government or official standards for this term.
- There is no independent organization behind this label.
- The producer or manufacturer decides whether to use the claim and is not free from its own self-interest. For more information from Consumer Report Greenchoices go to http://www.greenerchoices.org/eco-labels/
For specific information of what is not in YOLO Colorhouse paint click here.
Is YOLO Colorhouse a natural paint?
No. It is latex based paint with zero VOCs.
Is YOLO Colorhouse tested on animals/animal ingredients?
No, absolutely not.
What ingredients are in YOLO Colorhouse?
The primary ingredients in YOLO Colorhouse paint are: water, acrylic polymer, non hazardous titanium dioxide kaolin clay, amorphous silica, and limestone (ingredient amounts vary from base to base).
We like to talk about what is NOT in our paint:
No reproductive toxins
No hazardous air pollutants
No ozone depleting compounds
How do I store or dispose of my leftover paint?
Check www.earth911.org for recycling and disposal information in your area.
Does YOLO Colorhouse seal in VOCs?
No, YOLO Colorhouse is designed to be a breathable surface, it is not designed to seal in VOCs. A healthy wall is a wall that air flows through.
Is YOLO Colorhouse primer a stain-blocking primer?
YOLO Colorhouse primer is not recommended as a stain blocking primer or as a metal primer.
I am pregnant — can I paint?
YOLO Colorhouse recommends consulting with your doctor about painting when you are pregnant.
Are YOLO Colorhouse paints self-priming? What does “self-priming” mean?
Yes - YOLO Colorhouse paints are self-priming. Self-priming means that you do need to use a primer when painting over previously-painted surfaces that are in good condition.
Does the color add VOCs?
There are various types of colorant systems available, some are zero VOC and some have VOCs. All YOLO Colorhouse retailers, including our online retailers, use zero VOC colorants to tint our paint.
Do you have carcinogens in your paint?
In the spirit of knowledge and transparency, we would like to discuss two ingredients in our paint: titanium dioxide (the main white pigment in paint) and benzophenone (a trace ingredient of the resin). These compounds, in some forms, are classified as “possibly carcinogenic to humans,” but are in safer forms in our paint. The titanium dioxide in our paint is encapsulated (not in free powdered form), so it is not respirable, and therefore considered safe. Benzophenone is a nonvolatile crystalline solid (insoluble in water) that is necessary to help form a hard surface in all low and zero VOC paints. While naturally occurring in grapes and black tea and also used in the food industry for flavoring, there is some evidence that it could be harmful when ingested, so we absolutely do not want you to taste our paint!
Can I paint YOLO Colorhouse paint on floors or furniture?
YOLO Colorhouse paints are designed for use on walls, doors, and trim. They are not recommended for use on floors or furniture.
Does YOLO Colorhouse offer color-choosing help?
Yes, we offer Free Color Help online here.