Ooh That Smell: New Colo. House Paint Absorbs Weed Odors



ARVADA, CO – An Arvada paint and lead-remediation company is rolling out a new latex house paint that they say will absorb the smells of marijuana, tobacco smoke, and pet urine, among other odors for three to ten years.

OdorDefender, created by Ecobond, is an acrylic latex paint with “food-grade additives, seaweed alginates and specialty resins that function to seal, block and absorb odors,” the company said. Priced at $39.49 per gallon the paint promises to block existing odors for ten years and will continue to absorb the smells of marijuana use, depending on how heavy the usage is, for three years or more, developers say. The paint is also mold- and mildew-resistant, fire-resistant and low-VOC, the company says.

The discovery came partially as an accident, but a timely one for home redecorators in the state of Colorado. With the legalization of medical cannabis in 2012, and recreational pot in 2014, parent-company MT2’s founder and CEO James Barthel said he began hearing anecdotal tales of landlords already using the company’s best-selling Ecobond Lead-Defender house paint to cover up the smell of marijuana, third-hand smoke and meth.

“As we were advancing our technology for the lead paint product, we found that some of the materials had really good properties for sealing and blocking odors,” Barthel said. The company’s lead-remediating wall covering not only covers up lead paint, but uses a chemical reaction to change lead into a less dangerous chemical compound. One of the ingredients in the patent-pending product is seaweed alginate, used industrially to strain out heavy metals and other pollutants.

“Marijuana has become such a big thing in Colorado, we decided to test [the paint] to see how well it would work on marijuana, tobacco and pet urine,” Barthel said. “We found it worked really well.”

It took about five years to come up with the formula of additives and a special resin to “make sure you can add all these things and the paint still acts like paint,” Barthel said.

Barthel, a Golden resident, who studied chemical engineering at University of Colorado, worked in industrial cleanup and remediation for several years before starting his Arvada company in 2000, which now employs 80 people, he said. As well as developing lead-deactivating paint, the company also runs a side business cleaning up lead from gun ranges.

Barthel’s own childhood experiences of growing up with two parents who smoked tobacco, and the smells of second- and third-hand smoke in the house inspired him, he said.

The paint is available on the company’s website as well as Amazon. The company is working to get distribution agreements for the new product with big-box home improvement retailers, which already stock the lead-blocking paint, Barthel said.

“It’s a high quality latex paint, so it should last seven to 10 years on interior surfaces that were well-prepared,” Barthel said. “If there’s a heavy continued use of new products, new pollutants, you might have to re-apply in three-to-five years,” he said.

“We’re pricing it very similar to a good quality latex paint, because we figure, if you’re going to paint anyways, why not paint with something that’s actually going to do some good?”

Image: MT2 CEO James Barthel poses with new acrylic latex house paint that the Arvada-based company says will absorb odors of marijuana smoke, pet urine and other odors.


By: Jean Lotus, Patch