The Government of Canada has introduced regulations that are aimed at protecting the environment and the health of Canadians from the effects of air pollution. They will reduce the amount of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) contained in decorative coatings such as alkyd paints, varnishes and wood stains. While paint is a relatively small contributor to total VOC emissions in Canada, it is the responsibility of paint manufacturers to help reduce total emissions.
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are substances that help control the thickness, flow and drying time of paints. Oil-based products, such as alkyd trim paints, will be the most affected by these changes.
The 2010 VOC regulations will mainly affect alkyd paints. All Dulux Paints water-based products are already compliant. However, the Government has recognized that certain types of alkyd paint are essential. The following categories of paints will continue to be produced:
- Flat for Calcimine (Stucco) Ceilings
- Alkyd Dry fall
- Stain sealing primers
- Rust preventative metal paints
- High gloss floor enamels
From September 9, 2010 no manufacturer can produce or import any products that are not compliant. In store, non-compliant products can be sold up until September of 2012 but then thats it. However, painters can continue use these products until their supplies are exhausted.
No. All paint manufacturers, importers and stores in Canada are equally affected by these regulations.