I need Non-toxic or low toxic products and have heard about your products. I have a cabinet maker that wants to try the white paint out to see if it will work on the cabinets he will be making us. I'm wanting the colored paint for the walls and the stain for furniture. I am needing this soon so please contact me so I can make the purchase. I have a few question before hand.
Yes. Sample pints are a good idea for testing in advance.
I would use the Clear Skies Satin on the Cabinets and then top coat them with Easy Safe 1k or NanoTech Clear 00. This provides a strong white base with a very hard, scrubbable clear coating to act as a protective shell on the cabinets. This system is suitable for commercial or residential use.
You could also use Clear Skies Satin on the walls. It's a good idea to test that first to be sure it suits you.
I'm chemically sensitive in the severe end of the spectrum and can use all of these products without issue.
However, everyone has different sensitivities and there isn't a one size fits all sort of product when it comes to healthy coatings.
This is a big reason we offer sample pints, so people can try it out, live with it a bit. When this is done, buying the product is a comfortable, confident thing.
If there is any hesitation then we find it best to wait so we can work to find the right solution for each project and person.
My suggestion is to give the sample pints to the cabinet maker and have him produce three samples.
1. Clear Skies Satin Bright White x 4 coats.
2. Clear Skies Satin Bright White x 2 coats and 2 coats of NanoTech Clear 00
3. Clear Skies Satin Bright White x 2 coats and 2 coats of Easy Safe 1k
A 4th option that isn't uncommon on cabinets is this Pickled White stain system:
4. Bio Poly Natural Pint of White x 1 coat and 3 coats of NanoTech Clear 00 (the last clear coat can be done with Easy Safe 1k if a high gloss is desired).
These samples will give you a way you can sign off on the one you want on your cabinets and the cabinet makes will know exactly what to expect when applying it.
The River Mist could be tested in the house as desired. If someone is ill it's better to have somebody else apply coatings and then air it out before occupying the space.
A note about odors. Wet surfaces can release odors and off gas just on their own, even if just wet with water. This is often overlooked and doesn't seem like a big deal at all when a person is healthy but I know from experience that when sick, certain odors from wet surfaces in the house can make me feel worse as soon as I smell it. This is particularly true of raw wood and often drywall.
Sometimes coating over other paints can release odors as well. Clear Skies itself is low odor but even that is subjective to each person. Some would call it odorless but when people become sensitive to odor they can smell things at a very intense degree, so testing is a lot better than an across the board "this is the best".
I hope this helps. If you want to send pics of the cabinets or have the cabinet maker reach out, you could have him email me.
Tom Rioux founded Earthpaint after becoming severely ill as a professional paint contractor.