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What are the different types of eco-friendly fence paints? 

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We are delighted to see you here. So glad that you’re already convinced about the urgency and importance of using eco-friendly fence paints and want to dig deeper to find the one that’s perfect for your fences. 


Eco-friendly fence paints are an excellent alternative to traditional fence paints that contain harmful chemicals and toxins. These paints are formulated using natural and sustainable ingredients that are non-toxic, biodegradable, and environmentally safe.  


The problem is how would you know which eco-friendly paint is right for your fences.


When it comes to selecting an eco-friendly paint for your new fence painting project or fence maintenance, the abundance of choices on the market can make the decision-making process difficult. Therefore, it is crucial to be familiar with the various types of eco-paint available.  


Stock & Noble is committed to delivering the highest quality and safest fencing solutions to properties throughout Australia and New Zealand. As a socially responsible company, we understand our obligation to promote the health of the planet and its people, which is why we have developed a line of eco-friendly water-based fence paints. Drawing on our extensive experience and in-depth research we will list the different types of eco-friendly paints available in Australia and New Zealand. 


  1. Water-based fence paints
  2. Plant-based fence paints
  3. Low VOC paints
  4. Zero VOC paints


It’s worth noting that although there are many other types of eco-friendly paints available, we have only included the ones that are suitable for painting large fencing areas like horse properties.  


In the end, you will be well informed to find an eco-fence paint that matches the need and style for your next fence painting project. 


1. Water-based fence paint

Eco-friendly water-based fence paints have gained popularity over the years due to their numerous benefits to both the environment and human health. These paints use water as a base instead of petroleum-based solvents, making them non-toxic and biodegradable. As a result, they are safer for the environment and produce fewer harmful emissions, not impacting the air quality negatively. 


Water-based fence paints are suitable for use on exterior surfaces because they dry quickly and resist fading, cracking, and peeling. They also offer excellent coverage and are available in a range of colours and finishes to suit different aesthetic preferences.  


The lack of strong fumes makes it safer for painting contractors and easier to breathe while applying. 


Using eco-friendly water-based fence paints is an excellent way to reduce your carbon footprint while protecting and beautifying your fence. 


If you want, you can learn more about water-based fence paints before finalising your pail of paint.  


2. Plant-based fence paint

Natural, plant-based paints are another eco-friendly option made with natural compounds and minerals such as beeswax, plant extracts, resins, and clay. These paints are non-toxic and emit little to no odour, making them better for human health and the environment.  


While there are no specific fence paints that are plant-based, exterior plant-based paints are available for purchase and can be used for your fence painting project. 


3. Low VOC fence paint

Low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) fence paint is a type of paint that contains a reduced level of toxic chemicals compared to traditional paints. These toxic chemicals, such as formaldehyde and benzene, are often found in the fumes emitted when traditional paints dry. They can cause respiratory problems and contribute to air pollution. Low VOC fence paints have lower emissions and are safer for both the environment and human health. 


It is important to keep in mind that low-VOC products dry fast. The presence of VOCs in traditional paints helps them stay wet. As a result, painters have to work quickly with low VOC paints and may need to use a slightly different technique while applying them as compared to traditional paints.  


To ensure a successful and efficient fence painting project, it is recommended to hire an experienced painting contractor who knows low VOC products. 


Due to their fast-drying time, low VOC fence paints are ideal for exterior surfaces such as fences as they provide exceptional coverage and long-lasting durability. 


4. Zero VOC fence paint

To be classified as zero VOC, a product must contain less than five grams of VOCs per litre. However, achieving this level can be difficult, particularly for darker colours, as the tinting element typically contains more VOCs than lighter paints. 


It’s also important to note that some colourants can contain VOCs, even if they are not present in the base paint. While zero-VOC paints do have VOCs, the levels are significantly lower. Products that claim to be VOC-free will typically have total VOCs of under 5 grams per litre before adding colourants. It’s crucial to note that adding pigment increases the VOC content, so to check any marketing claim of a no-VOC product you should refer to the paint base and colourant. 


The non-toxic and natural options are usually manufactured by smaller paint companies which can be less readily available. These products typically consist of water, plant oils, plant dyes, milk protein, and minerals like clay, and they are VOC-free. While these products may not perform the same as mass-produced paints, they offer an eco-friendly and safer alternative. 


It’s important to note that zero VOC products dry fast, so it’s recommended to hire a professional to apply them. 


To date, we haven’t found fence paint with zero VOC. 


Do you know which eco-friendly fence paint is right for your project? 

You’re headed in the right direction of making a socially and environmentally responsible choice. To help in the decision-making process you wanted to know the different types of eco-friendly fence paints available in the market. 


Now, you are well aware that for a larger fence painting project, eco paints can be divided into 4 major types. You can choose between widely available water-based fence paints, or look for plant-based paints which are for exterior applications. Here are some tips on how to paint your fences for the best and most effective results. These will prove quite useful when you give your fences a fresh new look. 


However, if you pick a low or zero VOC product, then remember to hire a professional who is experienced in handling fast-drying fence paints. 


For more questions on the durability, application or aesthetics of our water-based fence paints, feel free to contact one of our experts. We would love to help you choose a fence paint that not only renews and protects your fence but also contributes to a cleaner and healthier environment for yourself and your future generation. 

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