Paint companies settle FTC charges
Two of the nation's leading paint companies have agreed to settle charges.
The Federal Trade Commission accused Sherwin-Williams and PPG Architectural Finishes of misleading consumers to believe some of their paint is free of potentially harmful chemicals. The settlement requires the companies to stop making the allegedly deceptive claims.
The allegedly deceptive claims involved Sherwin-Williams's Dutch Boy Refresh and PPG's Pure Performance interior paints. The claim is that the paints contain “zero” volatile organic compounds. According to the FTC, while this may be true for the uncolored “base” paints, it is not true for tinted paint.