You might also be smelling mold that is inside the windows (or in the walls next to the windows) and that only blows in when you open the windows.
It is definitely not an animal related smell. As I said, this only happens after the room is painted. The most likely answer is something to do with Ammonia. These were not bargain paints, they were purchased from MAB over the counter and 3 years apart, but still the same smell. The ceiling paint may be the culprit though, because this is the only paint common to both rooms.
I would suggest that anyone reading this post the exact kind of paint you used. This is happening to a lot of people and seems to have to do with zero VOC paints, which perhaps the manufacturers havent'gotten quite right yet. Perhaps colorants too. Always keep paint cans and receipts. The companies seem to rely on the fact that no one ever suspects the paint and that the smell develops AFTER the walls are dry so that they can say it's not their paint. But when all your walls are the same, and you use the same kind of paint in two different colors, and one room stinks and the other doesn't - what do YOU think is happening?
People need to start getting together on this because each one of us individually is too small to hold the manufacturer or retailer responsible. Good luck!
We have now sprayed the wall down with a mixture of vinegar, water and tea tree oil. The smell has dissipated enough that we are comfortable in the room with doors open. It has been a couple of days and we are still good. Hopefully, it will last. Just wanted to share as not many solutions seem to be posted online to resolve this issue.
It seems to only come from the painted steel, and not the drywall.
Brand new renovated kitchen.
Am at a total loss.
After painting the walls, three months after, when the weather starting to be fine the cat-pissed-dead-roden smell appeared. I have realized that there is a part in my room where I re-painted the original smelly color and that wall does not smell. The others are terrible. Goin' to buy vinegar and spray that wall as I will not be able to get another color during the corona crisis. Will update. Peace!
The smell is awful in the first room. No odor at all in the other two. Definitely a primer/ paint combination effect.
I also wonder if I didn’t let that first coat of primer dry long enough.
Going to try vinegar today.
production THUS dumping halfbaked Everything for Everyone to use ! ...We know the painting pain; pro or novice, prep or bare,new/recoat..most are recoat.. Water base to whatever base ..indeed air quality is affected STILL After nearly A Decade REGARDLESS if about a LISTING of aTOXIC LIST a Stabilizing Ingredient IS MISSING AND EVERYONE HAS NOT BEEN WARNED let alone HAS ANY OPTION !/REACTIONS W FRESH AIR! HUMIDITY SENSITIVE!, TYPICAL SURFACES NEGATIVELY AFFECTED! Asia Will Fix INSTANTLY AS SOON AS AMERICAN SUES USA BRAND OUT OF OUR WAY(get Yankee to sue its own self,then big us run world for our big us).. What do the Billionaires do when indeed as this keeps them too from sleeping?// ... I wore out as wiped the mucus gag years of prev owners 2chainsmokers as much could [first w distilled white vinegar (it could corrode n react ) ]switched to hydrogen peroxide ..seemed better ..since CoV its rarity n not same stuff (figures too no due diligence if they put more tap water in it Or use pool grade instead of proper food med grade bottling)//(($@me $htg around to grab money ..in USa during coV from A Us company inland USA I can tolerate helping them by adding some distilled water also USA though ThoughtFilled Manufacturing is Necessary Every EVERYHERE too!! Priming w BIN or Kilz Max aka Restoration or 1-2-3 iv encountered stinklasting. I did wait to do each step(Back agony,moreso chemistry neutralizing esp watery yuck.. But I know too lazyness of covering over dust even The water based primer of 2012 WORKED(Max)on popcorn ceiling and a leak w nicotine ceiling of 30yo construction only basic primed of then..it staaank n I let Max dry over a week into it..it still can like you all say ambient fresh air AND THATS MILD NOW BUT UNDER WAYNESCOATING ! I even think sure I topcoated w Behr LO VOC I'd b shocked if hadn't -iv Done THIS SMOKE TENT HOUSE ENTIRELY its taking me a DECADE yeaaarrrs of peroxide airings ,New AC n eeeven painted n cleaned down inside of airhandler's plenum plywood(exterior weather type paint not these above) !!(heap of help)But /warm days knostirre.If area hadn't been Able to be Disinfected and truly deepest aired odor itself had and Able to have Fresh no pre-odor of primer before stirred likewise w topcoats EACH STEP DRY DEEPEST N AIRED WAITED OUT THESE DARN STEPS !(WEEKS YUP!!) THE AREA STANK FROM SUCH A SOAK !?? Yes if canNOT clean a popcorn ceiling that stinks YOU'LL HAVE TO LET PRIMER ON IT DRY A WEEK MAYBE MORE WITH THESE 'NEW' Lo VOC lowly tons of guesswork .. And luck ?? Crappsassteracations. Proceed cautiously... Look,by the timing wasting on drying These Are Spoiling just Once after opened ..in past 90s I used Exterior paint on ceilings : gases badly enclosed but windows worked it out //I to God wish I cud reassure you exterior w a semi gloss hard enough shell if can encapsulate wet dog cat piss hemp blackened cigarette gag HELL but I DIDNT HAVE them then. I hv warned my world and I Do return New OLD PAINT n THEY DID RESHELF IT!!H HD! ?? I dont Recommend actions here,lending experiments experiences,esp since things changing..refusing a clerk's pick Is Not Rude - its rude dumping business quality and taking money for it ! I painted a cat stinky aluminum lanai ceiling (stuffy hot n humid baked Oven
couldn't help itself odor rises n had pitting) with Zinsser Mold Killing primer That uneasy job also I aired as agony aided airing anyway but rainmakingpisstink did gehalu mild buttt only really all done when topcoat hardened hardest one is the Weather Shield Exterior its a white maybe only in white I kept it as came no color added white.. All paints stored in house Years even in AC mind you Regardless Not opened Once to tint Do Spoil past 3-4yrs yes its risky waiting! (Ammonia is stink sign for fail,take it to your county recycling haz chem drop-off itl make plastic misc its ok). So I think its unfair to let you be sure exterior painting your ceiling is your safest option bc Things Aren't Trustable Anymore /So please get a new unopened quart from indoor well kept store Shook ,use it on a small spot internal wall far corner,after close its lid nicely w mallot seal the can by pressing its lid's rim well w your can key +wrap plastic around can assure airtight..if a week the corner is decent your project may have hope, step at a time w small tests. Things are all different. I think I'll have a terribly white livingrm ceiling after all that agony I'm not healthy anymore either. The lanai is nicer now though hot kindv prefer over itchy throat ammonia New this week Primed on old 80s not painted since livingrm popcorn ceiling!!note: exterior paints Are often Nasty Paint Peelers: to paint over them w a water base Makes water base just crack n peel !!(why primers were invented as go betweens as glues to stick together layers). Class action against greedy buy out foreign bank snob manufacturing egotistical Idiot Self Centered Politrickians THE/THEY'R WHO WE SUE( Individual/s Not Our investing homeland own economy.. I obviously do my own work and CANNOT HIRE $1K PAINT SPRAYING CARE-LESS painters.!. I cannot keep this respiratory barrage by con-tractors up let alone do it years myself.. So Unfair!Abusive!! And too my topcoats these popular only ones on shelves readily available are water based latexes Regardless depth of bases some colorants I'm sure smelled sooner regardless completed coats every few days in two weeks !!( THERE IS NO GOOD TIMING WITH A JOB WITH IMPROPERLY MADE PAINT,AS LABEL DIRECTED OR WAITED..Iv bn incapable of rushing anyway and primed and good conditions Everything good.!. Not healthy paint I think, the ONEe factory for Everything business 'model' STINKS !!
I thought is take a chance and I painted the ceiling in the Zinsser 123 plus and the smell was gone instantly! Couldn't believe it. Funnily enough I painted a bedroom last year in Dulux pure brilliant white emulsion, and now we're getting a (not bad) smell in that room when its humid outside. Im thinking it was the same type of paint used on the ceiling in the kitchen.