Help! I painted a wall with exterior latex paint before I found out I shouldn't

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Old 04-10-11, 09:50 PM
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Question Help! I painted a wall with exterior latex paint before I found out I shouldn't

I painted an interior wall with Color Place Exterior Latex Acrylic Semi Gloss House and Trim Paint. How dangerous is it? I painted over it with some interior wall paint, but I'm still worried. Is it dangerous to me? Is it dangerous to my pets? Any advice would be appreciated.
 
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Old 04-11-11, 02:30 AM
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Since latex paint is nontoxic not sure what your worryed about. You could have left it unpainted over and it would have been fine.
 
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Old 04-18-11, 07:08 AM
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There is some off gassing with exterior paints that aren't recommended for interior conditions but unless an occupant of the house has breathing issues - I wouldn't give it a 2nd thought. Exterior paints won't wear as well inside as most interior paints will.

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Did Melanie ever read the answer and are just two reponses sufficient ?
 
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Old 05-15-11, 08:26 AM
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Hard to say if she's read it or not since that's her only post but unless you are to get real technical, the replies are sufficient
 
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Using exterior latex paints indoors isn't recommended mostly because the coalescing solvents used in exterior latex paints smell more than those used in interior latex paints.

But, in either case, the coalescing solvents will have evaporated over the course of 3 or 4 days anyhow. So, if the original poster simply airs out the house, they'd be fine.

Also, the mildewcides used in exterior latex paints are solids that are highly soluble in water. It's that affinity for water that causes the mildewcide to migrate to the surface of the paint when the paint gets wet. Once at the surface, the mildewcide kills any mold spores that are on the paint before they have a chance to grow. Since this is an interior wall, it's rarely that it's going to get wet, so that's not a concern either, even without the interior latex top coat.
 
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