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 VOC Content Limits for Architectural Coatings

Coating Category

VOC Content Limit (grams VOC per liter)2

Flat Coatings

100

Non-flat Coatings

150

Non-flat High-Gloss Coatings

250

Specialty Coatings:

 

Antenna Coatings

530

Antifouling Coatings

400

Bituminous Roof Coatings

300

Bituminous Roof Primers

350

Bond Breakers

350

Calcimine Recoater

475

Clear Wood Coatings:

 

          Clear Brushing Lacquers

680

          Lacquers (including lacquer sanding sealers)

550

          Sanding Sealers (other than lacquer sanding sealers)

350

          Varnishes

350

Concrete Curing Compounds

350

Concrete Surface Retarders

780

Conjugated Oil Varnish

450

Conversion Varnish

725

Dry Fog Coatings

400

Faux Finishing Coatings

350

Fire-Resistant Coatings

350

Fire-Retardant Coatings: Clear

650

Fire-Retardant Coatings: Opaque

350

Floor Coatings

250

Flow Coatings

420

Form-Release Compounds

250

Graphic Arts Coatings (Sign Paints)

500

High-Temperature Coatings

420

Industrial Maintenance Coatings

340

Impacted Immersion Coatings

780

Low-Solids Coatings

120

Magnesite Cement Coatings

450

Mastic Texture Coatings

300

Metallic Pigmented Coatings

500

Multi-Color Coatings

250

Nuclear Coatings

450

Pre-Treatment Wash Primers

420

Primers, Sealers, and Undercoaters

200

Reactive Penetrating Carbonate Stone Sealer

600

Quick-Dry Enamels

250

Quick-Dry Primers, Sealers and Undercoaters

200

Recycled Coatings

250

Roof Coatings

250

Rust Preventative Coatings

400

Shellacs – Clear

730

Shellacs - Opaque

550

Specialty Primers, Sealers and Undercoaters

350

Stains

250

Stone Consolidants

450

Swimming Pool Coatings

340

Swimming Pool Repair and Maintenance Coatings

340

Temperature-Indicator Safety Coatings

550

Thermoplastic Rubber Coatings and Mastics

550

Traffic Marking Coatings

150

Waterproofing Sealers

250

Waterproofing Concrete/Masonry Sealers

400

Wood Preservatives

350

1 Limits are expressed in grams of VOC per liter of coating thinned to the manufacturer's maximum recommendation, excluding the volume of any water, exempt compounds, or colorant added to tint bases. Manufacturer’s maximum recommendation means the maximum recommendation for thinning that is indicated on the label or lid of the coating container.

2 Conversion factor: one pound VOC per gallon (U.S.) = 119.95 grams per liter.

3 Units for this coating are grams of VOC per liter (pounds of VOC/gallon) of coating, including water and exempt compounds.