If billbwb's swipe was directed at me it was misdirected and uncalled for.
And I have nothing to apologize for or admit any 'wrong' to.
First, based upon the initial 'evidence' presented by the OP, it was NOT clear that there was a 'paint problem' at all. The symptoms clearly could have been caused by something else.
After further clarification and technical info from the OP and others, I can see how the problem might be paint related.
Second, I am NOT now nor ever have advocated the use of exterior paint for interior use or vice versa....Nor am I flaunting 'conventional wisdom' by voicing my objections to other's opinions about the practice. "I" would not and do not use exterior for interior application if for nothing else but 'sheen' reasons, BUT there certainly is no unanimous 'conventional wisdom' or 'consensus' when it comes to the issue of using exterior paint on interior walls as you suggest there is.
I have seen this topic debated for nearly 3 decades now and the jury remains 'out' concerning 'problems' associated with using exterior paint interiorly with devotees on either position claiming the moral high road based only upon the fact that they believe their position is correct and nothing more. So I won't belabor the point...Because there is no consentual point to belabor.
That said, it appears that by further explaining the problem, answering the objections of those who propose alternative possibilities, viewing additional evidence, and considering the opinion from a variety of 'professionals', a rather reasonable and probable conclusion seems to have been drawn.
I still have reservations about the alleged "cause" of the paint odor because it does not seem to address all the facts.
But be that as it may, if paint removal, encapsulation, or simple repainting resolves the OP's issues, who cares what I think or thought anyhow?
Especially since I will have been happy to learn something from those who had offered the correct advice....and even those who offered no advice at, all for that matter....
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