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 Stains

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.

  • 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.