Old 02-23-13, 07:35 AM
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I am going to be painting inside my house with Rustoleum oil based paint. I know the paint is very smelly. Is there something I can add to the paint can that will eliminate or at least tone down that smell?
Old 02-23-13, 07:37 AM
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Nope....not a thing. All you can do is isolate the area and ventilate, ventilate, ventilate.

If at all possible it would be best to take the item to the garage and paint it there.
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First I have to ask why you are using that paint inside your house?

Since it's oil based the smell comes from the solvents evaporating away. The only way to get away from it is to us a paint more appropriate for interior home use like a water based latex. You can do almost anything you want to mask the smell of the oil based paint but you are just putting one smell on top of another. The solvents are still going into the air so good ventilation is your best option if you want
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First I have to ask why you are using that paint inside your house?

Me too!! There are a lot better choices of coatings to use on interior walls/trim. There are some oil base coatings that don't have as strong an odor as others BUT why do you want to use oil base enamel? It will cause a lot of extra work if you ever want to change back to latex.

Fresh air ventilation is the best way to reduce and get rid of the odor. Wearing a respirator will take away almost all of the odor while you are working with it.

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