Post Written by my wife:
Well, it is about that time (the time when you think the house is almost finished, but the details stretch out forever.) Yes, we are trying to find low cost eco friendly primer do go over the dry-wall. Did you know that there was such a thing? Well, we are finding there is and there isn’t. My husband and I have been calling different paint manufacturers…Sherwin Williams, Kilz/Behr (part of Masterchem), Lowes, Home Depot, Ace Hardware…you name it and we’ve called it. We have been searching for the rarest of paints in this Low VOC Primer.
Yes, you might think this would be easy. It’s primer (which is simple) and low voc (which is pretty common now). But we have finally realized it is impossible. You can get Eco friendly/Low Voc paints as a primer, but you’re paying a stiff price for something like Sherwin-Williams Harmony or Benjamin Moore Aura. Behr has a low VOC primer, but its not available in the state of Missouri. Why you ask? Because the state does not demand it AND there isn’t consumer demand for it. Sad but true. Not that I thought that we lived in California where they set their own enviromental standards for everything, but I at least thought we would be able to buy Behr’s product here. So sad to say we will not be priming our walls with Low Voc. We do feel good that we have alternatives for our regular paint but our feeling kind of down about buying the crap stuff for the primer. Btw, Sherwin Williams Harmony primer is 50% more than Behr’s crap stuff. This equates to a $350 price difference for our project and that’s just on primer. 😦