Performance Standards

Interior Top Coat

Parameter Results
Contrast Ratio

0.95 minimum

Y-Reflectance

80% minimum

Washability

Flats: rating of 5 or better, non-flats: 7 or better. Simple Green cleaner will be used. Water based marker (Crayola Orange)
Ketchup (Heinz)
Mustard (Grey Poupon)
Lipstick (Cover Girl 570)
Juice (Ocean Spray Cranberry)

Odor Test

Minimum rating of 6

Chemical Component Limitations

Does not contain the prohibited chemicals listed at the bottom of this page as ingredients.

VOC (EPA Method 24)

Flats: ≤ 50 g/L Non-flats: ≤ 100 g/L

Exterior Top Coat

Parameter Results
VOC (EPA Method 24)

Flats: ≤ 50 g/L Non-flats: ≤ 100 g/L

Contrast Ratio

0.95 minimum

Y-Reflectance

80% minimum

Flexibility

No Cracking, flaking, or peeling upon bending.

Accelerated Weathering and Water Resistance

After testing in accelerated aging apparatus, must show no blistering after 24 hours After 500 hours, good color retention plus no blistering, cracking, peeling, flaking, or chalking.

Chemical Component Limitations

Does not contain the prohibited chemicals listed at the bottom of this page as ingredients.

Interior / Exterior Top Coat

Parameter Results
VOC (EPA Method 24)

Flats: ≤ 50 g/L Non-flats: ≤ 100 g/L

Contrast Ratio

0.95 minimum

Y-Reflectance

80% minimum

Odor Test

Substantially lower odor than conventional latex paints

Accelerated Weathering and Water Resistance
Hydrostatic Pressure Resistance
Wind Driven Rain
Washability

Flats: rating of 5 or better, non-flats: 7 or better. Simple Green cleaner will be used. Water based marker (Crayola Orange)
Ketchup (Heinz)
Mustard (Grey Poupon)
Lipstick (Cover Girl 570)
Juice (Ocean Spray Cranberry)

Flexibility

No Cracking, flaking, or peeling upon bending.

Accelerated Weathering and Water Resistance

After testing in accelerated aging apparatus, must show no blistering after 24 hours After 1000 hours, good color retention plus no blistering, cracking, peeling, flaking, or chalking.

Chemical Component Limitations

Does not contain the prohibited chemicals listed at the bottom of this page as ingredients.

Interior / Exterior Primer

Parameter Results
Adhesion

50% adhesion or better over wood, metal, plastic or other intended substrates.

Odor Test

Minimum rating of 6

Chemical Component Limitations

Does not contain the prohibited chemicals listed at the bottom of this page as ingredients.

VOC (EPA Method 24)

≤ 100 g/L

Anti-Corrosive Top Coat

Parameter Results
Contrast Ratio

0.95 minimum

Y-Reflectance

80% minimum

Odor Test

Substantially lower odor than conventional latex paints. Only for interior or interior/exterior coatings.

Cyclic Prohesion

Minimum of ASTM 8 rusting after one complete cycle of cyclic prohesion test.

Adhesion

50% adhesion or better over metal after 1 week cure at ambient conditions.

Flexibility

No Cracking, flaking, or peeling upon bending.

Accelerated Weathering and Water Resistance

After testing in accelerated aging apparatus, must show no blistering after 24 hours. After 1000 hours, good color retention plus no blistering, cracking, peeling, flaking, or chalking.

Chemical Component Limitations

Does not contain the prohibited chemicals listed at the bottom of this page as ingredients.

VOC (EPA Method 24)

≤ 250 g/L

Anti-Corrosive Primer

Parameter Results
VOC (EPA Method 24)

≤ 250 g/L

Odor Test

Substantially lower odor than conventional latex paints. Only for interior or interior/exterior coatings.

Cyclic Prohesion

Minimum of ASTM 8 rusting after one complete cycle of cyclic prohesion test.

Adhesion

50% adhesion or better over metal after 1 week cure at ambient conditions.

Flexibility

No Cracking, flaking, or peeling upon bending.

Chemical Component Limitations

Does not contain the prohibited chemicals listed at the bottom of this page as ingredients.

Specialty Coatings

Parameter Results
VOC (EPA Method 24)

≤250 g/L

Contrast Ratio

0.95 minimum

Y-Reflectance

80% minimum

Washability

Flats: rating of 5 or better, non-flats: 7 or better. Simple Green cleaner will be used. Water based marker (Crayola Orange)
Ketchup (Heinz)
Mustard (Grey Poupon)
Lipstick (Cover Girl 570)
Juice (Ocean Spray Cranberry)
For interior products.

Odor Test

Minimum rating of 6. Only for interior or interior/exterior coatings.
For interior products.

Flexibility

No Cracking, flaking, or peeling upon bending.
For exterior products.

Accelerated Weathering and Water Resistance

After testing in accelerated aging apparatus, must show no blistering after 24 hours. After 1000 hours, good color retention plus no blistering, cracking, peeling, flaking, or chalking.
For exterior products.

Chemical Component Limitations

Does not contain the prohibited chemicals listed at the bottom of this page as ingredients.

Note

Properties have been tested on coatings which were applied at the thickness recommended on the manufacturer’s label for this high build product

High Build Primer

Parameter Results
VOC (EPA Method 24)

≤ 100 g/L

Adhesion

50% adhesion or better over metal after 1 week cure at ambient conditions.

Odor Test

Minimum rating of 6. Only for interior or interior/exterior coatings.
For interior products.

Flexibility

No Cracking, flaking, or peeling upon bending.
For exterior products.

Chemical Component Limitations

Does not contain the prohibited chemicals listed at the bottom of this page as ingredients.

Note

Properties have been tested on coatings which were applied at the thickness recommended on the manufacturer’s label for this high build product

Interior / Exterior Wood & Concrete Coatings

Parameter Results
VOC (EPA Method 24)

≤ 100 g/L

Chemical Stain Resistance

No blistering, lifting, wrinkling, peeling or discoloration

Adhesion

Minimum 50% adhesion after 1 week cure at ambient conditions

Odor Test

Low Odor Minimum 6 for paints that claim interior use

Chemical Component Limitations

Does not contain the prohibited chemicals listed at the bottom of this page as ingredients.

Interior / Exterior Wood & Concrete Stain

Parameter Results
Chemical Stain Resistance

No blistering, lifting, wrinkling, peeling or discoloration

Adhesion

Minimum 50% adhesion after 1 week cure at ambient conditions

Odor Test

Low Odor Minimum 6 for paints that claim interior use

Chemical Component Limitations

Does not contain the prohibited chemicals listed at the bottom of this page as ingredients.

VOC (EPA Method 24)

≤ 250 g/L

Interior / Exterior Clear Wood Finishes

Parameter Results
VOC (EPA Method 24)

≤ 250 g/L

Chemical Stain Resistance

No blistering, lifting, wrinkling, peeling or discoloration

Adhesion

Minimum 50% adhesion after 1 week cure at ambient conditions

Odor Test

Low Odor Minimum 6 for paints that claim interior use

Chemical Component Limitations

Does not contain the prohibited chemicals listed at the bottom of this page as ingredients.

These standards have been chosen because they correlate with environmentally preferred characteristics of paint.

CRGI is accredited by Laboratory Accreditation Bureau for the test methods used in the Green Wise testing program which are listed in the CRGI Scope of Accreditation. Please click the link below.

CRGI Scope of Accreditation

  • In each category, a product must meet all standards to earn the CRGI Green Wise Certification mark.
  • The gloss level of the paint determines its VOC limit, according to EPA standards.
  • Flat paints will have a gloss less than 5 when measured at a 60 degree angle, or less than 15 at 85 degrees.
  • Non-flat paints will have a gloss equal to or greater than 5 when measured at a 60 degree angle, or greater than or equal to 15 at 85 degrees.

The following chemical compounds are not used as ingredients in the manufacture of the listed product: methylene chloride, 1,2 dichlorobenzene, phthalates, isophorone, formaldehyde, methyl ethyl ketone, methyl isobutyl ketone, and the following heavy metals: antimony, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, lead, and mercury.