Paint Smell Wont go away - 1 Month Later


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Old 09-25-10, 06:49 AM
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Exclamation Paint Smell Wont go away - 1 Month Later

The following were performed on a bedroom:

- Stripped off wallpaper
- Primed with KILLS oil based paint, left for 1 week to dry
- Covered with 2 coats of latex paint
- Sponge painted to cover

All Latex paint applications were give a day to dry. The paint smell is very present to the point where we have had a window exhaust fan running for weeks. I have a dehumidifier running in the room now in hopes that will help and it is smelling more than ever in there.

This is my daughter's room and I am concerned. Is there something I can do to remedy the situation and are the fumes potentially dangerous? I won't let her be in the room w/out the fan on and today we are shutting the room up to try the dehumidifier solution.

Please let me know any thoughts I am having trouble locating information on this specific topic. Are we being oversensitive?

Thanks in advance for any help or advice.
 
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Old 09-25-10, 12:15 PM
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Fresh air circulation is the best method for removing paint odors. I don't think closing off the room and running a dehumidifier will help any. The off gasing of the paint should be over and one would think that running an exhaust fan for a week would remove all traces of the odor...... but some folks are more sensitive to odors than others.
 
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Old 09-27-10, 08:49 AM
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Yep, more ventilation

Odors are particulate and moving more air over the surfaces will speed the release, thus getting you to the point where there's nothing left to release faster
 
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Old 10-08-10, 05:16 AM
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I painted our bathroom not too long ago with an oil-based primer and latex paint. I have vowed never to use oil-based paints or primers again on the interior of my house. I had a window exhaust fan and a fan blowing fresh air into the room and it still stunk for weeks.

The VOC factor is enough to deter me away from oil based products. After a few coats of primer, my head was swimming and I learned about VOC's the hard way. No thanks....
 
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Old 10-08-10, 08:21 AM
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The problem is there isn't a good enough alternative to solvent based primers. Latex primers don't adhere as well to certain surfaces and also do a poor job of sealing certain stains.

Generally a latex primer is preferred but there are times when you need a solvent based primer to do the job correctly. Oil base enamels aren't needed as much as they once were but there are still applications where they are the preferred coating.
 
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Old 10-08-10, 09:33 AM
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A few coats of primer?

I almost never need more than one
 
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Old 10-09-10, 03:38 AM
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Good catch Mitch I missed that

About the only time a 2nd coat of primer is ever needed is with certain troublesome stains, otherwise 1 coat of primer is almost always sufficient.
 
 

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