Re-painting your home can be a fun time for any home owner because it’s allowing you to express yourself further with colors and design choices. However, most people are primarily concerned with the colors of the paint and either ignore or don’t know about some of the other factors that should be considered. Things such as volatile organic compounds, or VOC, should play a large role in paint choices. VOC levels over 500 ppb (parts per billion) could potentially bother those with chemical sensitivity, according to a CBC Marketplace report. If you know you don’t have a chemical sensitivity, then there are other options to consider in your paint choice. Other paints such as shielding paint can greatly reduce the presence of other exposures, some of which you may not have known about.
What is Shielding Paint?
Shielding paint is used to help dampen the amounts of radiation entering your home. It contains nickel to help shield your walls from penetrating radiation waves such as ELF, VLF, and EMR. ELF and VLF radiation stand for Extremely Low and Very Low Frequencies. The same type of frequencies used in AM/FM radio but at much lower levels, between 300 Hz to 30 kHz. EMR stands for Electromagnetic Radiation and can potentially cause health problems. EMR could be affecting you if you suffer from things like:
- Problems sleeping;
- Flu-like symptoms;
- Vertigo; and
There are many more symptoms attributed with EMR so you should educate yourself on all of the known adverse effects. If do experience any of these symptoms, you should consider repainting using shielding paint.
What are Some Uses for Shielding Paint
Primarily used for painting rooms within your home, shielding paint can help protect you and others residing in the house against harmful radiation. It is used as a wall primer and can be painted over with a wall paint so you can still have whatever colored room you prefer. Other uses for shielding paint can be to coat guitars. Conductive shielding paint can help reduce the amount of humming and noises from guitars. It needs to be connected to an electrical ground before reducing radio interference and other noises. The beneficial uses for shielding paint makes it quite popular in the music industry.
So if you’re about to tackle your next paint project, consider using low VOC paints or shielding paint. Even if you’re not worried about any problems arising now, you never know what will happen in the future. Take steps now to avoid issues later on.