What is a VOC?

VOC stands for “Volatile Organic Compound.”

Organic compounds make up all living things and are essentially any molecules containing carbon and other elements, such as hydrogen and oxygen. You can find organic compounds naturally in the environment, or they can be man-made.

Whether natural or synthetic, organic compounds are “volatile” if they can be vaporized and emitted as a gas at normal room temperature. A common example of a natural VOC is the gas emitted from pine trees, which creates the distinct smell of a pine forest. Synthetically produced VOCs are created by various chemical reactions and intended for use in (and then emitted into the air by) household and industrial products.

Common VOCs in Household Items and Industrial Processes

+The following items emit VOCs:

  • Acetone nail polish removers
  • Household detergents, disinfectants, air fresheners, wood preservers, moth repellents
  • Many building materials such as wall boards, ceiling tiles, paints, paint strippers, adhesives
  • Aerosol sprays
  • Tobacco products
  • Stored fuels and automotive products
  • Electrical appliances and office equipment
  • Dry-cleaned clothing
  • Antifreeze
  • Formaldehyde and other preservatives
  • Photographic solutions

Tex Painting offers a variety of products ranging from low VOC to No VOC.

We can provide you the necessary literature to make an informed decision on your paint selection.