In the race to create nontoxic paints, waterborne formulations have taken a commanding lead - but not every manufacturer has given up on oil. Safecoat Naturals are finishes made from- in the maker's words - only "natural earth-based plant and mineral components." The lineup includes two interior paint formulations, an interior/exterior primer, and a penetrating oil sealer. The company also makes an organic plant-based thinner that's suitable for cleanup. A gallon of Safecoat Naturals paint costs about $50. American Formulating & Manufacturing, 800/239-0321,

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