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kalaniwavo 02-07-2006 06:27 PM

Paint Odor... Help!
I just recently finished painting my bathroom and I can't get rid of the paint smell... its the kind of musty.. recently painted smell.. best I can describe it... but it has been 3 weeks since the paint job and when I leave the door closed it hits you like a load of bricks when you walk inside. Drives me crazy.... I used 2 coats Killz oil based primer and 2 coats Evermore paint.

Does anyone have any idea how to remove this odor? I am planning on selling the place shortly and also have one more bathroom to paint...


ProWallGuy 02-07-2006 08:35 PM

Leave the door open, and run a fan in there.
I wouldn't worry about the smell in regards to selling.
Studies show most people equate the smell of paint as something new, fresh, and clean.

slickshift 02-08-2006 12:16 PM

Yup just air it out as best as you can
Keep the doors and/or windows open if possible, and keep that fan running
It'll dissipate eventually

* Note to PWG
Don't know if you know that EM is a Glidden (HD), and exceptionally stinky...not really in a good fresh paint way
Don't know if you've ever smelled it
I'd recommend avoiding it at all costs

kalaniwavo 02-15-2006 04:37 PM

Thanks for all the info and a reccommendation for anyone thinking about painting...

Do NOT use Glidden or Evermore paint as a top coat... especially in confined areas! It will leave you with a musky odor for who knows how long... and not the definantly not that "new paint" smell that you want around.


skits 03-19-2006 01:42 PM

Not much help now, but in the future you can buy a packet to add to the paint that makes it smell a lot better. Doesn't last forever, but they have different scents and for a few days (weeks?) it will smell great.

AAPaint 03-20-2006 09:25 AM

Or you can just use a better quality low VOC paint that won't smell half as bad.

topgunmajor 02-27-2007 09:38 PM

If the smell of paint is driving you crazy...
Not long ago I was dealing with the same issue. A friend of mine who paints houses for a living suggested adding vanilla extract to the paint before applying to the walls. You would be amazed!! It works wonders. It does not have to be the expensive kind. Just add to the paint and mix well. It may seem to darken the color but it actually does not affect the color in any way. And of course painting with your windows or doors open helps a whole lot as well.

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