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Old 03-23-2013, 03:18 PM   #1
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What is the best way to seal wood that has formaldehyde gas in it? I have an older mobile home (1967) that's in excellent condition but when it's closed up you can occasionally still smell the formaldehyde. It would be simpler and cheaper/easier to seal/paint it then replacing it.

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What is the best way to seal wood that has formaldehyde gas in it? I have an older mobile home (1967) that's in excellent condition but when it's closed up you can occasionally still smell the formaldehyde. It would be simpler and cheaper/easier to seal/paint it then replacing it.

I appreciate all help in advance.

In that case you may want to buy stock of the manufacturer.


http://www.dailyfinance.com/2010/12/...ealth-at-risk/

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In that case you may want to buy stock of the manufacturer.


http://www.dailyfinance.com/2010/12/...ealth-at-risk/
Thanks for that link, Canarywood. Pretty eye-opening. So, the Hurricane wipes out your real home, the gov't steps up and buys temp housing in the form of trailer homes that are built with cheap, formaldehyde infused building products.......the people get sick......and the beat goes on. Cheaper is always better, right?
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Thanks for that link, Canarywood. Pretty eye-opening. So, the Hurricane wipes out your real home, the gov't steps up and buys temp housing in the form of trailer homes that are built with cheap, formaldehyde infused building products.......the people get sick......and the beat goes on. Cheaper is always better, right?

The gov.brought a bunch of those mobile homes down here after a particularly bad hurricane,and after a hundred or so were occupied,and people couldn't live in them,they parked thousands of them on vast tracts of land for about a year or more,then transported them back up north somewhere to be used for emergency housing,never did hear any more about them,but i'm sure they are around somewhere.
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The last I heard they were parked somewhere in New Jesey, unused, supposedly for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. I saw a story where people were complaining they had no place to live while empty trailers were sitting there going to waste. That's what we continue to vote for, tits on a bull.

Stendec, that's a fairly technical question that, for various reasons, least among them legal, may not be answerable here. Zinsser BIN, an alcohol based sealer, shellac, is excellent at blocking odor, but I don't know about your case. I would contact Zinsser tech department directly and explain your situation to them. They are a RustOleum division (877) 385-8155. Good luck, and let us know what they tell you for future reference and help to others.
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As I mentioned in the first thread, the mobile home is a 1967. The paneling on the wall is luan but the sides of the drawers in the built in dressers in bedrooms and the kitchen drawers in the kitchen are I suspect, formaldehyde.

I've been told that it should have already degassed by now but I smell a chemical odor in the suspected area when it gets humid. Lately it's causing me more grief, maybe I've been breathing it in to long.I wish I knew a cost effective way to tell one way or another if that's what I'm smelling. If I seal/paint them hopefully it will stop the odor.

Thanks for the replies everyone, does anyone out there know the best way to cover up the wood and what's the best way to do it. I never want to smell this odor ever again.
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Hello, hellooo, did you read my post? Regular paint will not encapsulate chemical based odors, BIN might work with formaldehyde, but I don't think anyone here can say for sure. Your best bet is to call Zinsser. If they say it will, just paint the offending pieces. You might even be able to use clear shellac, ask them.
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I would suspect that after almost 50 years the off gassing would be complete. Could it be something else?
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Maybe there is something to the harmful effects of formaldehyde. lol.
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Hey, they wanted the low bidder that would wait 8 months to be paid right? So you have to wear a gas mask in your temporary home, whats the big deal?

On the other hand, its kind of interesting how when a major disaster hit in the midwest where they had major flooding, the people just took care of each other, there was no looting, no mugging or killing, and they didnt even ask for federal aid. Gee, why do you suppose that is?

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Right on, right on Jagans! The true story of what is truly going on in New Jersey from Sandy is not being told. It's been a boondoggle of federal mismanagement, incompetency, and red tape. That's what we vote for, and we get it, with no lubrication.
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Right on, right on Jagans! The true story of what is truly going on in New Jersey from Sandy is not being told. It's been a boondoggle of federal mismanagement, incompetency, and red tape. That's what we vote for, and we get it, with no lubrication.

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Seems like we have one, and a queen.
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The paneling is going to be off gassing from the back side.
Unless you remove is and seal all the back sides, or replacing it your wasting your time.
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After this many years it's hard to believe it's still out gassing. Since you believe it's the drawers why can't you take one to a lab and have it analyzed. May cost some but would end some of the guessing. Heck take a couple 1 from kitchen and 1 from dresser.

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