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Warder45 07-30-2007 07:41 PM

Beginners painting mistake

For my first paint job I accidentally used Glidden Ultra-Hide Interior/Exterior Alkyd Semi-Gloss to paint my room.

I don't know a lot about painting or paints in general, but I painted the room with half a can, on July 8th. It's been over 3 weeks and the smell has gone down but now gone away. I tried moving in this weekend but after 30min to an hour my throat gets sore and the smell gets to me.

To combat this I have had 2 box fans in the windows doing a push pull wind tunnel effect to the room (when I can, for at least a week, I close the windows on days when the AC is on). I also put 2 onions in water, 2 bowels of vinegar, and 1 box of baking soda. I'm not sure how much this has helped.

Any suggestions on how to make the VOC's dissipate quicker would be appreciated. Would a heater in the room help? Can I cover the paint with primer and paint over with latex?

Thanks - John

Da Vinci 07-31-2007 10:21 PM

This is a tough one because paint is on already. A great trick before you paint with oil is put a few tablespoons of vanilla extract in it. It will smell more like a bakery than paint. You could try this and put on a second coat to seal fumes.

The other option is to sand oil, prime with water based zinsser 123 and use low voc latex enamel like SW Pro Classic.

Bay Area Painting Company

Workaholic 08-01-2007 04:02 PM

Activated charcoal is an option as well.

Da Vinci 08-01-2007 09:45 PM


Originally Posted by Workaholic (Post 55719)
Activated charcoal is an option as well.

How much would work in this situation Workaholic? I've never tried that one- I assume you can buy that at a pet shop that sells aquarium supplies?

Bay Area Painting Contractor

slickshift 08-02-2007 01:26 PM

The Glidden is a bit whiffy
Fresh air is the best you can do

If you are still sensitive to the smell, which really should be dissipating by now, sealing in the Glidden may be the best course

As it's oil, and semi-gloss, you'll have to sand, dust, and oil prime, then coat with a Top Quality Interior latex paint....and I would suggest one of the low odor/VOC premium lines from Ben Moore, Sherwin Williams, or Pittsburgh

jogr 08-02-2007 02:26 PM

Maybe it's those bowels of vinegar:eek:

Seriously, I wouldn't add any more layers of anything. It will just add more stink or slow down the release so it lasts longer. Keep airing it out and be glad that winter is a long way away so you can keep those windows open.

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