A neighbor sprayed their bathroom tiles with some kind of epoxy paint or acrylic urethane. How toxic is that? Is there an alternative?

Asked by Francesca Olivieri
New York, NY

This is for an apartment in NYC.


Jason Kliwinski

Answered by Jason Kliwinski

Lambertville, NJ

The Green Living and Building Center

November 19, 2010

There are VOC-free epoxy coatings, but they are few and far between. The epoxy is inert once sprayed, but may offgas for a significant amount of time if it's not VOC-free.

If you are interested in using an epoxy product, ask for the VOC content. The closer to zero, the better.


For more information:

Read Olga Alvarez's Q&A "Is there any way to "seal in" VOCs in floor paint?"

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