Paint Smell

Old 01-29-01, 05:14 AM
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I've heard that if you add vanilla extract to paint it will cut down on the paint smell. One of my closets has that 'old' smell to it. Not mildew, just old. Thought I'd try adding vanilla to the paint. Does anyone know what the 'recipe' is?
Old 01-31-01, 05:59 AM
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MaryP, sorry you got no responces, I have heard of people doing this but have not done it myself, re-painting the closet should take care of the smell on the walls, shelves and ceiling, then you would need to remove the smell from the floor by mopping or shampooing, then you could hang an air freshener in the closet. If you are wanting to try the vanilla then I would try a teaspoon or 2 per gallon and see how that works out.

Old 02-07-01, 07:50 AM
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I don't know if you have Mautz brand paint in you're area,
but if you do they make SUPER SATIN with a vanilla smell added to it.
Old 02-10-01, 03:42 PM
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yes, maryp, the vanilla does work....i've used it for years...2 tsp. per gal. will do it. Also, ONE DROP of black paint in a gal. of white will keep any painted surface from yellowing over the years...nh

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