previous
  • Clever daily tip in your inbox
    Clever daily tip in your inbox
  • All about Roofing
    All about Roofing
  • 9 Concrete Countertops Ideas
    9 Concrete Countertops Ideas
  • Gallery: Custom Flooring
    Gallery: Custom Flooring
  • Slideshow: 12 Stunning Remodels
    Slideshow: 12 Stunning Remodels
  • Design Inspiration
    Design Inspiration
  • Video: Install a Fence
    Video: Install a Fence
  • Solid Deck-Framing Advice
    Solid Deck-Framing Advice
  • Tips & Techniques for Painting
    Tips & Techniques for Painting
  • Energy-Smart Details
    Energy-Smart Details
  • Master Carpenter Videos
    Master Carpenter Videos
  • Basement Remodeling Tips
    Basement Remodeling Tips
  • 7 Smart Kitchen Solutions
    7 Smart Kitchen Solutions
  • Read FHB on Your iPad
    Read FHB on Your iPad
  • 7 Trim Carpentry Secrets
    7 Trim Carpentry Secrets
  • 12 Remodeling Secrets
    12 Remodeling Secrets
  • Video: Build a curved step
    Video: Build a curved step
  • Remodeling in Action
    Remodeling in Action
  • Magazine Departments
    Magazine Departments
  • 7 Small Bathroom Layouts
    7 Small Bathroom Layouts
next
Pin It
Dutch Boy Refresh Latex Paint

Dutch Boy - Dutch Boy Refresh Latex Paint

Cost: $23 a gallon

$0.00 (As of 4/29/2010)

> (1 user review) Write a Review

View all photos
Overview

Editor's Review: Odor-Eating Paint

review date: April 29, 2010

When I first heard about Dutch Boy’s Refresh, an interior paint designed to eliminate household odors, my nostrils narrowed and lips curled into a “yeah, right” smirk. Then I remembered my experience working with clay plasters: that unmistakably clean, country-air scent of an earthen interior.

The freshness of unpainted plaster results from the chemistry of clay, which scrubs air molecules and releases negative ions to produce a feel-good scent. So why couldn’t a paint manufacturer develop a product with odor-eating, air-scrubbing properties?

Dutch Boy says its Refresh paint is the first and only coating with Arm & Hammer odor-eliminating “technology” (baking soda, in other words). Refresh works its magic when indoor-air currents bring odor molecules in contact with painted surfaces that then “capture and lock odors within the paint film,” according to Julie Brosien, a senior product manager at Dutch Boy. The company’s chemists offer a more scientific explanation: Baking soda reacts with acidic odorants and neutralizes them, changing them into nonvolatile salts that no longer evaporate into the air. Brosien says this odor-neutralizing effect could be expected to last a year or more.

I decided to test the paint at home. Not that we have a smelly house, but occasionally, after a day outside, a subtle, sour scent greets me as I walk in. I wondered if Refresh would alleviate this aroma.

Dutch Boy claims this is a single-coat paint, but it took me three applications to cover an off-white wall with a deep maroon. The paint applies as easily as any midrange product, but it’s not as full-bodied or as smooth as other premium paints I have tried in the same price range. Compared to other eco-paints, Refresh feels more like normal paint, without the characteristic roller drag of most zero-VOC formulations. Its slightly vinegary scent is similar, albeit faint in comparison, to standard latex. Within an hour, the paint was dry and odorless.

Refresh’s odor-eliminating ability, though, has been hard to pin down. I came home the next evening to shrimp fajitas, and there was no mistaking what was for dinner. But several days later, we went hiking, and stepping back into the apartment, we detected no sour smell.

To be fair, a few days of random sniffing does not represent a scientific study. But it makes sense that paint could act as an air cleaner, and in our mouthwash- and deodorant-based society, nothing makes a better first impression than no scent at all.

Editor Test Results:

Overall Rating N/A

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Dutch Boy
Manufacturer's Web Site www.dutchboy.com
Manufacturer's Phone Number 800-828-5669
Weight N/A
Dimensions N/A