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Mythic Paint

A company that makes zero VOC interior and exterior paint and primer

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Paint that is safe for babies, pets, and the Earth.

  • Oct 14, 2009
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My affair with Mythic Paint goes back about a year and a half ago. I was pregnant with our first child and browsing through a pregnancy magazine I spotted an eye catching advertisement. Naturally I went online to find out more about them. I was excited to find non-toxic paint to say the least. In January of 2009, being nine months pregnant, I invited Mythic to host a Lunch 'n Learn in our office at Rob Bramhall Architects. I was more than impressed and decided that I will never paint with anything else in my life, period.

After our daughter was born we put off painting our living room for a long time because of finances. This past August though Mythic was kind enough to send us some paint to try and I present to you my account of the truly legendary Mythic Paint.

The Buzz: So what makes Mythic so special and how come it stands apart from other paints? If you are new to the 'indoor air quality' scene, I'll fill you in. Your average paint contains a multitude of VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds). Yes, they also contain known carcinogens. Why would anyone make paint that causes cancer you ask? I honestly don't know - but the same question can be applied to everything these days. Like why do they use pesticides on our food if it causes cancer? Or why are most cleaning supplies cancerous as well?

Anyhow, VOCs off-gas for years after you paint your walls. I am sure you are all familiar with that 'new paint' smell as well. It can be a trigger for asthma and other ailments. With Mythic you don't need to worry about any of that. My daughter was contently watching daddy paint in her highchair. I was nearby working on my laptop, no headaches involved. Safe for pets, save for babies, and good for the Earth as a bonus. It is a major step toward better indoor air quality - which at the moment the EPA labels as one of the top five health risks in the US.

Performance: If you don't believe me that it performs better than SW and BM paint, you can try it yourself! They now sell 4 oz sample jars to feed your curiosity. I wasn't the one painting, my husband was, but he said that it is better than other paint he used before and has much better coverage. For me though, I was sold at the non-toxic part and would have used it even if the performance was average. Not sure if you want to commit? Two words for you: sample jar.

You see, Mythic Paint doesn't just take out the toxic stuff out of regular paint, which is what other 'green paint' manufacturers do. It is the result of over six years of intensive polymer research conducted by the University of Southern Mississippi. It is completely redesigned in its makeup from the ground up, resulting in something you will not find on the market.

As a latex paint it is very easy to deal with. It washes off tools nicely (if you don't let it dry of course!). We had a drop or two on our laminate flooring, it just peeled off with no issues. Third party performance testing? Sure:
"In 2007 an industry leading independent consulting and testing laboratory service, performed side-by-side comparative tests between Mythic Paint and all other leading paint brands – both their Eco-friendly and premium lines. Tests focused on subjective performance including thickness, sheen, sag resistance, flow and leveling and gloss. Mythic Paint proved to be equal if not better than all competitors. Resistance and durability was analyzed through the industry‟s gold standard in paint performance testing – the „scrub test‟. Mythic Paint substantially outperformed by 1.5 to 8 times the durability of their competitors."

Value: I know what you are thinking, if this paint is so great, am I going to pay more for it too? Yes, it does cost more than your average toxic paint (about $50 a gallon for interior paint). Here is the deal though, in my experience and that of other people who have used it, the coverage of Mythic is superior to that of other paints. This means that you will need less to cover more. For most colors, even one coat is sufficient. You can't put a price on your health though, so this beats the value of all other paints in that aspect. They also have exterior paint. In which case you will be doing the Earth a favor by having one less house painted with toxic exterior paint.

EcoMama Green Factor: +5 No greenwashing here, use Mythic Paint with confidence. You will be doing the health of your family a lot of good!

Love their commercials, take a look! And don't miss my before and after photos of our living room!

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January 24, 2010
I believe I've seen an ad on this too. Sounds like a great thing to have at home! I'm not buying a home any time soon and probably won't deal with paints for quite awhile, still good to know this one is reliable and good. Going to KIV it for future reference! Thanks for the great review!
 
October 26, 2009
Great informative review. Owning a house has freed up my inner color junkie, and to be able to indulge my many color changes without risking my family's health I have always opted for less toxic paints. I used a lot of Rodda's "Horizon" brand. They're low VOC, low odor (not completely non-toxic, like Mystic) but were really nice to work with. The odor really was almost non-existant, durability seems good, and they can custom mix any color for you. I felt safe sleeping in the bedroom a day after it was painted (yes, we did sleep in the spare room for one night, just in case). That said, I think I'll check out Mystic when it's time for the next color change......I prefer to give my dollars to companies that are doing good for the environment and for us, even if it involves a few more dollars. A word of caution to anyone trying Olympic Premium semigloss 'Low Odor'....it's not. I was in a hurry to paint up a bathroom and didn't need a whole gallon of paint (Horizon paint is gallon-size minimum) so I got a quart mixed of what I thought was something 'safer' from the local hardware store. Should've known...it was nasty stuff, and the bathroom still has a faint new paint odor after 3 months...eww!
October 29, 2009
Thanks for the comment Lisa and for the warning! I am also all for more responsible companies who care about the end user and the environment.
 
October 14, 2009
I just moved to a new apartment, and need to paint over the ugly maroon wall that my bed is right up against. I have been procrastinating because I don't want to be sleeping and breathing in new paint smell for the next week. Thanks for this review, its really helpful.
October 15, 2009
You're welcome! Hope you get to try it out for yourself. If you only need to paint one wall, they do sell it in quart size too.
 
October 14, 2009
Sadly, living in an apartment doesn't leave much room for me to great creative with paint, but i'll keep this in mind the next time I need some! Informative review, thanks. PS great room, too! :)
October 15, 2009
Thanks Melissa! I remember living in an apartment, white walls and nothing I could do. Hopefully someday you can try this though!
 
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Mythic paint is a non-toxic, ultra low odor paint that provides the durability and coverage you expect from a premium paint without the off-gassing VOC’s and cancer-causing toxins that emit years after drying.
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