pexels-photo-why dizzolve importantDizzolve is the difference between safe and unsafe, between healthy and unhealthy, between earth-friendly and environmentally hazardous, and it is effective – it works.

Frankly, most painters want something that works and are less concerned about health and the earth. I’ll discuss Dizzolve’s effectiveness in a future blog for the benefit of my fellow tradesmen. What follows is addressed to you.

How do you know if a product is safe or complies with your concerns for the environment?Of course, by law, health warnings must appear on the label but they are brief and say nothing about the environment. Solution: all retailers are required to produce upon request a Safety Data Sheet (SDS), the in-store document with 15 categories of health and safety information, including hazards, chemicals, flammability, toxicology, ecological information, etc. – very telling. For example, let’s compare Dizzolve to paint thinner using SDSs. I have shamelessly abbreviated some of the entries for rhetorical clarity. Oh, and by the way, I know that effectiveness means a lot to you too; for info on that, just check out my amazing videos on DizzolveBrushCleaner.com. You can also find the Dizzolve SDS there. Here we go.


Mineral Spirits (Paint Thinners)

Hazard Class: Not a hazardous substance or mix Hazardous
Inhalation: Negligible unless heated Organ damage. Brain & nerve  damage
Ingestion: No hazards anticipated Call Poison Center immediately; may be fatal
Skin contact: Not likely to produce skin irritation May cause cancer, dermatitis
Flammability: Not flammable Flammable liquid and vapor. Explosion hazard.
Environment: Safe on rainbow trout & albino rats Not tested on rats or fish
It biodegrades quickly. Passes strictest VOC regulations (greenhouse gases). Certified SCAQMD (LA regulations, not SDS). Acute toxicity to aquatic plants. Does not meet California VOC regulations.

Who would a thunk it. Good ‘ol paint thinner!!

Did you want to be a painter when you grew up?

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Few painters I have known aspired to be painters when they grew up. Many turn to painting because they didn’t do well in school, others because their career plans just didn’t work out. I wanted to be a teacher but when I finished my B.A in English Literature and credential program, I discovered that controlling a class of children, let alone educating them, was a skill set I did not possess; so, I got a job for one year selling draperies door to door. When that didn’t work out I was on the street again with a family to support. Yard work was a temporary fix and paid the bills. I was pruning roses one day when my client asked, “Can you paint too?” “Sure,” I said, never having touched a paint brush. Forty years later I was still painting. Be careful of the lies you tell. Actually, I thrived as a painter. Largely self-taught, I became an acknowledged color consultant, and won first place in the nation twice in decorating contests sponsored by the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA) called “Picture it Painted Professionally.” I was president of my local chapter of the PDCA and I also taught apprenticeship classes for six years. It was a three year course I wrote myself. As such, I certified journeyman painters in a three county area. I actually made it back into the public school system; after receiving an M.A. in humanities, I taught in the communications department at the  College of Marin for a short time. But it was my years as a painter and contractor that I liked the most. The ability to stand back at the end of the day and see your accomplishment is something not offered in a lot of professions; and helping people decorate their home, usually their most important asset and source of pride, is a very special experience.