06:21AM | 01/14/12
Member Since: 01/14/12
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Our painter inadvertently used old, spoiled paint on our bedroom ceiling--the smell is so bad I actually get nauseous when in the room. He has re-painted the ceiling with new paint, but the terrible smell is still there. What exactly is the problem, and how to resolve? Help, please!


11:23AM | 01/14/12
Member Since: 07/22/04
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How long ago? I think it just needs to fully cure.


01:37PM | 01/14/12
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The first time it was painted was the middle of November. The odor has not gotten better, or I wouldn't have told our painter about it. When he put another brand of new paint over the other stuff, it smelled okay for approximately 2 hours, then the disgusting smell returned as rank as ever (second coat done 1/10).
There is no doubt in my mind that the first paint is spoiled, if not toxic to boot.


04:14PM | 01/14/12
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Did he seal the old paint with a primer? Two coats of primer should seal it in. Then ask that a low VOC paint be used as the top coat.


04:58PM | 01/14/12
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What kind of primer? Oil-based? Seems like that would seal it better...


11:43PM | 01/15/12
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My parents have rental houses where the renters smoke heavily, to the point that you choke walking in the door. They always used two coats of Zinzer or Kilz and it took care of the odor soaked into the walls. An oil base primer will definitely form a better barrier though.


08:37AM | 01/16/12
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Thanks for the input--our painter is coming back this morning to check out the situation. Now I have some info to present to him, in case he hasn't done the research himself. Will let you know what happens...


05:56AM | 01/20/12
Member Since: 11/25/11
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I hope you figure that out, that's awful. I had something similar like that happen to me, but it turned out being mold.


01:53PM | 01/16/14
2 coats of Ben primer and one coat of paint and still have sickening smell

David, Moderator

11:08PM | 01/17/14
Member Since: 11/15/13
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It is very possible that the odor was absorbed by the flooring material and woodwork.
Here is a remedy to remove paint smell from a newly painted room.
Cut 2 or 3 onions into 1/2' slices. Place 3 or 4 pieces on several different plates and place in different locations throughout the room.
Fill several glasses with water. Add 2 tablespoons of vanilla and place in different locations throughout the room.
It works really well to use both of these at the same time.
I have used this remedy many times and it always works great.
Hope this was helpful

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