Freshaire Choice No VOC Paint Review

freshaire My apartment, other than the recently painted boys’ room, is in desperate need of a coat of paint.  I used Benjamin Moore’s Aura for my son’s room and was very pleased with its VOCless goodiness.  At $60 a can, however, it was a wee bit pricey for a big project.  One thing I didn’t mention in my review was that it actually took almost 2x as much paint for good coverage with the no VOC paint verses the old kind, which is something to consider when planning your paint budget and brings me to why I tried this new paint.  Our living room is easily 4x the size, plus the hall and breakfast nook are getting the same color…meaning we will need about 5 gallons of the stuff.  Suddenly $60 a can seems a little pricier than before.  So I decided to try another VOC Free paint Freshaire Choice, at a mere $35 a gallon. Still not the cheapest, but certainly worth the lack of chemical intake and worth a try.

I started with the hall just in case it was a dud. I must say…it was fine. Now Aura had no smell. Freshaire had a slight smell…not really chemically…but a little odor like silly putty. I did have some slight bubbling over a few spots I had patched with compound and not bothered to prime…but not sure I could blame the paint for my laziness.  Overall the color was even and vibrant…with a second coat. I must say…can’t really see too much of a difference to justify the $25 a can more for Aura.

The only drawback I have found so far is that they do not have as many color choices.  The ones they do have are absolutely beautiful nature inspired hues…but they might not be for everyone…like nature haters.  We went with Tranquil Pond.  I’m hopin it will have a calming effect on my little beasties and myself.  Ah…who am I kidding.  Nothing would tame my brood.  Perhaps Tranquilizer Pond.  I feel calmer just thinking about it.

9 Responses to “Freshaire Choice No VOC Paint Review”

  1. Added by Tasha Buser on January 12th, 2009 at 9:37 am

    We like Sherwin Williams, Harmony. We’ve used it for the past two years, as we repaint our way through our home. It has a little smell but it is gone in mere hours, you have the full range of color choices (with the exception of your really dark ones), and it is about $40/gallon (they regularly run specials). Most of the painters I got estimates from said they only use Sherwin Williams as it provides a more even finish and uses less paint.

  2. Added by Tasha Buser on January 12th, 2009 at 9:38 am

    Oh, and it is without VOC’s.. the most important part.

  3. Added by Allie on January 12th, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    Six years into living here, we are in need of a few coats of paint again, I think. It’s really nice to hear about the differences between these two paints. Thank you!

  4. Added by organicneedle on January 12th, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    Thanks Tasha. I’ll keep that one in mind when we get around to tackling our room.

    Allie…it is amazing what a fresh new color can do to a place.

  5. Added by Rebecca on January 12th, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    We’re also in the position of having to re-paint, so I’ll definitely check this out. I’ll probably do as you did and start small with a bathroom or the hallway.

  6. Added by The Pirate Farmer on January 12th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    I used the Olympia brand from Lowes for the middle child’s room. I loved the no VOC as I usually end up with a migraine after painting unless I have every window in the house open. It seemed to work out pretty well. No fumes, no headache. Just a slight “freshly painted” odor. I was worried it wouldn’t be as good as some of the more expensive brands but so far it’s held up well. ~ib mommy

  7. Added by Tasha Buser on January 12th, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    And not to be a blog comment hog, but we are about to list our home and our realtor wants to include “painted with no-VOC, mold resistant paint” in our brochure. So no matter which brand you go with, it does add some re-sale value. And that’s always a good thing, right?

  8. Added by organicneedle on January 13th, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    I never even thought of that, Tasha. Great info. Especially in this market…you can use any points you can get. Good luck with the house sale.

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