We'd like to say that we decided to be the Test Lab for Kelly-Moore Enviro-Cote Paint since Maxwell has already written about Benjamin Moore Eco Spec Paint. But the truth is that our intention was to buy Benjamin Moore paint, like we always do. Then we found that the paint store that sells Benjamin Moore was closed, and we really wanted to paint the following day. So we ended up at the Kelly-Moore store. We'd already decided we were going to use a low-VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) paint this time, to avoid the offgassing of chemicals that have short- and long-term adverse health effects.
We bought Kelly-Moore Enviro-Cote Paint, an interior acrylic semi-gloss enamel featuring low odor and low VOC. The paint is designed to be applied in occupied environments (schools, hospitals, offices, etc.) where strong odors released by solvents and other raw material components of paint coatings are a concern. It contains less than 15 grams of VOCs per liter (to be low VOC, it must contain less than 200 grams per liter). The following afternoon we had painted our dark entryway, and we were really pleased with the paint coverage. By that evening the paint was dry, there was no paint odor, and, for the first time ever, we didn't have to leave all the windows open and have multiple fans running for the next 24 (or more) hours. And we're not worrying about all the offgassing that usually happens for even longer than that. We paid about $30 for a gallon of Kelly-Moore Enviro-Cote Paint.