Paint the Town, Twice if you live in US.

Now before we get going I have to share the obligatory research. According to the Conference Board of Canada “Canada is not acting as quickly as its peers to reduce VOCs in consumer and commercial products, such as cleaning products, personal care products, paints, and printing inks. Canada ranks a dismal last place out of 17 countries and earns a “D” grade.” I say this because when I questioned why paint was more expensive in Canada at Home Depot vs US Home Depot I was told that it was due to the Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) rating. Canada has reduced VOC emissions per capita by 41 per cent since 1990, but its peers have done more. The U.S., for example, reduced emissions by 49 per cent. (Although according to HD not in paint). I was also told that I could face a fine of up to $2,000.00 if I tried to import paint from the US.


In 2011 the Consumer Reports U.S. rated different paints depending on the type of paint finish, Home Depot’s paint, Behr, came out on top in all 3 finish types. The Behr Premium Plus Ultra was best overall, and has only 50 (claimed) VOC grams/liter.

So now that the VOC “reason” is debunked here are the numbers – Can you guess what one in Canadian? HINT – The “C” in the Model# Stands for Canadian not costly or con! Don’t let color throw you off US pre-mixes so they can ship to consumer.




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