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Non-Toxic Paints

Many paints used for the interior and exterior of homes contain chemicals that, with too much exposure, could cause physical irritation. Even for experienced painters, oil-based paints could cause problems. After Paul Sek of T. Paul Sek Painting ended up in the hospital from chemical exposure during one of his projects, the firm switched to using 100% non-toxic paints. Even though the industry was hurt by the housing crisis, the business has picked up again; the company expects to make 70% of what it did last year by July.