Sherwin Williams ProMar 200 Zero VOC Interior Paint Review
Say Goodbye to Nasty Paint Fumes
Eco-friendly paints are becoming the way of the future in the painting industry and more people are beginning to see the health advantages.
Regular paint is harmful to human health, even long after the paint dries. Spend a good ten minutes reading up on the potential health effects caused by paint exposure and I guarantee you won't be buying regular paint for your home anymore, especially if children live in the house.
Zero VOC paint is the latest addition to the ProMar 200 series at Sherwin Williams. Zero VOC (volatile organic compounds) means that the odor and content of chemical compounds in the paint is very low. It should be noted that even though these types of paints are advertised as containing Zero VOCs, they do still contain them, however, these paints have the lowest levels of VOCs.
With my contractor discount, the zero VOC version only costs $1 more per gallon than the regular ProMar paint, so I have been using it for the majority of my interior painting projects with satisfactory results.
Like anything else, there are pros and cons, which I will share, based on my experience using this product, but overall, this is a pretty good paint with very few disadvantages.
Minimal Paint Fumes and Odor
I work with paint a lot, so for me, this is a huge advantage. As I explained earlier, Zero VOC paint does still include VOCs, but very low levels. This paint dries fast which means the odor and off-gassing of paint fumes is greatly reduced.
If you are looking to paint a nursery or a kids bedroom, I would recommend ProMar 200 zero VOC paint, for health reasons. While the paint isn't entirely odorless, the smell doesn't linger for a week like other paints. You won't be able to smell fresh paint in a room the day after painting the walls.
Faster Dry Time
The regular ProMar 200 paint at Sherwin Williams is a good paint, but it does take longer to dry than the zero VOC brand. Depending on the moisture and temperature in a room, it could take a couple hours for a coat of regular ProMar paint to dry to the touch. If you're a painter, then you know this sucks when you're in a hurry to finish up a project. The zero VOC ProMar paint dries to the touch in less than 30 minutes.
The fast dry time can also cause problems when rolling. If you wait too long to back-roll over the drying paint, it tends to leave roller marks on the wall, which are way more noticeable in the eggshell or satin finish. This problem can be avoided by rolling the paint faster and by only going back over the fresh paint once or twice, without waiting more than a few minutes.
Compatible With All Colors
In the past, deep-base and ultra deep-base colors usually weren't available in the regular ProMar paint, which required the separate purchase of an expensive product called ColorAccents. That is no longer the case because the zero VOC ProMar paint can be mixed with any paint color, even outside of Sherwin Williams.
That is also one of the main reasons I use this paint the most, because I don't have to worry about the inconvenience of having to buy separate paint just to get the colors I need.
Disadvantage: Darker blues and greens slightly shadow at the ceiling line and in the wall corners from the paint brush. Be sure to combine all of the paint cans of the same color into one bucket and try to keep the width of the paint brush cut lines as thin as possible.
Durable Paint Finish
As far as wall washing goes, ProMar Zero VOC paint isn't as durable as Duration Home, but it is durable and much cheaper than Duration. If you don't wash dirt marks from the walls very often then it won't make a difference, but if you'd like the ability to wipe the walls if necessary, the ProMar eggshell finish is plenty.
The true test is seeing if ugly marks appear after wiping the walls. If that is your concern, I recommend Duration Home interior paint, because it doesn't leave marks after washing marks off of a wall. ProMar 200 paint can reveal wiping marks, depending on how hard you wash it, but the finish of this paint is very durable and won't easily rub off.