It's no myth. Non-toxic Mythic paint is effective and attractive. I was told it couldn't be done. For the most part, paints without volatile organic compounds are still sullied with toxins when they are dyed. Manufacturers and experts say paints can't be effectively dyed without VOCs.
Therefore I was skeptical when I went to cover a living room accent wall with deep green (in both senses of the term) Mythic paint. The 1,200 shades of Mythic paint are all rated to have zero VOCs, toxins and carcinogens, exceeding all EPA and LEED sustainable building standards. I have no way of home-testing the lack of VOCs and toxins, but Mythic paint certainly passes the smell test. Even after painting two coats, there was no paint odor.
But all that greenness won't do me any good if my walls aren't green. I wasn't sure the paint would stick, and I worried it would take six coats of weak, non-toxic paint to cover the wall.
I had already tried three different green tints on the wall -- from a major paint brand and from a big-box home-improvement warehouse. None matched their swatches and none looked quite right. Finally, Mythic came through with a green that matched the sample in the color deck, and it suited the wall perfectly.
The paint is a nice, thick consistency that solidly covers rollers and allows plenty of wall coverage with each dip into the paint tray.
Still, the first coat went on fairly thin, leaving me worried about the number of coats I would need. Thankfully, I went back the next day and rolled on a second coat that was even, solid and perfect.
Despite the solid coverage, the paint is remarkably easy to remove when the brush slips. Some paint dyes seem to immediately stain drywall. However, a Mythic goof on the adjacent wall wiped right off with a wet rag immediately after the mistake.
Of course, I can't tell yet if Mythic paint will stand the test of time. Check back with me in a couple of years when I have a little boy toddling around and doing renegade, unsolicited interior decorating. For now, I am impressed, and so was my first pair of dinner guests eating by the newly green wall.
Photo credit: Mythic paint
Posted by: Steve Graham