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How Paint Has Evolved

While paint has been around for thousands of years and the basics of paint have remained intact, the industry itself has vastly changed. Infinity Painters joins us to discuss the industry then and now and how paint has advanced as well. Tune in to learn more!

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[Jordan] when it comes to painting your home not all paint is made the same so today painting expert Debbie Carreno is here to talk about how paint has evolved throughout the years so thanks so much for joining me for this history lesson

[Debbie] I am so excited to share this with you it is actually really fascinating

[Jordan] so why don’t we start at the very beginning

[Debbie] we’re going back almost 40,000 years yes the original paint the original cave paintings can be dated back 40,000 years now obviously paint has changed a little bit since then but basically it’s still the same idea of how we put it together

[Jordan] so we’re gonna talk today about the pigments and the resins

[Debbie] the pigments are the colorings in paints so for example people one of the historical ones that we know about is lead led used to be used as a coloring until 1977 when that was banned yeah and then we have the resins which are the binders that keep the pigment colorings together so they used to use eggs and in the 15th century they switched over to oil which is so fascinating that the core components of paint have stayed the same over 40,000 years

[Jordan] the ingredients of course are a little bit different we’ve removed the lead so let’s talk about what we can get today because harmony paint we have here is just one example of many exactly what’s different and why is it better for us so it’s kind of an evolution of how it all started

[Debbie] if you go back to 1700 we have the first dated evidence that there was a paint mill in Boston Massachusetts

[Jordan] Wow

[Debbie] and so as paint evolved here in the United States by the late 19th century we started seeing that paint was readily available to all consumers at a relatively low cost and it was pre-mixed which made it easy for anyone to use so they didn’t have to go out and get the resin exactly the binders and do it themselves

[Jordan] yes which is huge

[Debbie] now we’re moving into the 20th century and now we’re getting better with our technology and we realize that we can modify some of those chemical compounds and make paints safer and healthier for people and that’s kind of where this comes into play when you start talking about the VOCs or the volatile organic compounds and these things are found in anything from like office supplies building materials it’s found in dry-cleaning but specific to paint what happens is these compounds they evaporate as paint dries and they go into the air

[Jordan] which we now know isn’t very healthy for you it’s so great to have an alternative quickly exactly on the harmony paint so this has technology in it that pulls other VOCs out of the air from like carpets and draperies and it also has technology that pulls odors out of the air and it has microbial agents so it’s come a long way thank you so much Debbie if you want to learn more about the history of paint call Debbie today she would love to talk you through it six one nine three six nine 3200