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Frequently asked questions about paint safety

What products are suitable for children’s furniture? At this point, I need advice on how to paint a baby’s cot, but I would be grateful for other instructions as well.

What type of paint or lacquer is suitable for finishing wooden toys?

How can I protect children’s wooden climbing frames from the elements?

Is it safe for pre-school-age children to use paint for doing “artwork”?

How should I protect stable walls, ceilings and fencing? Horses both lick and chew the dividing walls between stalls, so the products should also be safe for use with animals.

Is it possible to paint a jetty deck with a coloured wood preservative if pressure-impregnated green looks unappealing? Are wood preservatives harmful to fish?

What products should be used to protect wood and metal components in a greenhouse? Should the plants be protected or even removed for the duration of the work?

I am extremely sensitive to all odours and suffer from allergic reactions. What products can I use when redecorating my home?

I am three months pregnant. Can I help to redecorate my home?

We decided to protect our new sauna steam room walls properly with clear Valtti Color. Now we seem to have a strange odour in the steam room. Can we bathe safely?

How long will particle boards release formaldehyde for? We have a detached house built 15 years ago with internal walls made of particle board. The board next to the living room window is probably damp because it is bulging slightly. Is there any paint av

For how long do paints release various compounds after application? How long should I wait before sleeping in a freshly painted room?

How should I dispose of waste generated during painting – left over paint, empty cans, rags, cotton waste.

We are planning to repair my old house. How should we dispose of the waste produced when we remove the paint from the external walls and tin roof? Nobody knows exactly what products were used when the house was originally painted, but evidently several la

Your working instructions recommend treating tin roofs with a special cleaning agent before painting. Is this agent toxic if left to soak into the ground?

Can I allow paint residue to be carried away by the wind when I scrape anti-fouling paint off the bottom of my boat?


Can painted wood or wood treated with preservative agents be burnt in a sauna heater, for example?
Timber treated with colourless or brown Valtti before 1985 contains pentachlorophenol. Such timber may not be burnt because the combustion gases may be highly toxic. Instead, it must be taken to a landfill. Nor may pressure-impregnated timber be burnt, but it must also be disposed of in a landfill.

Old external timber cladding painted with oil-based paint may contain white lead. It too must be disposed of in a landfill.

Interior or exterior cladding painted for the first time in the 1970s or later, or always painted with a latex paint, Swedish farm paint, or a wood preservative like Valtti Color, may be burned in sauna heaters, other closed fireboxes, or even at a Midsummer’s Eve bonfire preferably together with, but not separate from other wood. Never fry sausages over such a fire!


What should I do if paint or wood preservative gets into my eyes?

What should I do if someone has swallown solvent, paint or wood preservative?