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Old 03-14-2012, 09:04 PM   #1
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I have some cans of paint in garage. Odd smell coming from garage. Where should I store them. I have a bad headache and a bit naucsious.

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Old 03-14-2012, 09:40 PM   #2
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Outside of garage? just a guess.
Are the cans sealed? If so- It is very unlikely them. But if they are leaking, maybe.
Are they latex, oil, shellac, lacquer? What do you have and what shape are they in?
Anotherwords- without some real info- question is worthless.

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Yeah I'd say if the smell is that strong then the cans are either not covered tight or they may be leaking. If they are not covered correctly, tap the edges of the cover all the way around with a hammer. If they are leaking dispose of them according to the regulations of the town in which you live. At the very least get them outside.
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Even if they are leaking, it would leak a bit, dry, and seal itself. And, I doubt if the little bit of leakage would be enough to give nausea and headache. I would look for another cause. A tip to prevent paint cans from leaking over time is to never allow them sit on concrete for extended periods, as this cause the metal bottom to rust. If you can't put them on a shelf, where I doubt they would leak, set them on some wood or scrap carpet.
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If the paint was exposed to cold weather temperatures, and went through a freeze/thaw cycle or two, it may have spoiled. Generally the odor is like rotten eggs or sulfur. The paint is unusable if this occurs.
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Are these latex or oil based paints? I'd suggest disposing of them, if they are a nuisance and not usable. If latex (water-based) you can pour it out over plastic to air dry. If oil, you should take to a city waste-disposal depot.
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Bacterial contamination can cause a lid to come unsealed. You can kill the bacteria with a tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide but, the paint is unusable. If you have a solvent issue (Oil-based paint) buy some new metal containers for it. Your county disposal/recycle company can direct you how to legally dispose of the product(s).
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He hasn't been back- so he probably found a bag of garbage he forgot to take out...
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Or a dead cat...
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or he is face down in the garage ...

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