How to get rid of gloss paint smell

(14 Posts)
kissmelittleass Wed 27-Jul-16 11:55:41

Absolutely stinking the house out since yesterday! I have 21 more doors and numerous radiators to do over the next few days but the smell from one door is stifling. Dd and myself had a terrible headache last night from the fumes and with having asthma it's not great. I can't see any tips after googling apart from a cut onion which I did and hasn't worked. We will knocked out by the fumes after all the painting that needs doing! Any tips and I have of course had doors and windows open.

kissmelittleass Wed 27-Jul-16 11:56:32

Haha that should read 12 more doors not 21!!

Artandco Wed 27-Jul-16 11:57:54

Why are you using gloss still?

I would use wood paint on the doors and radiator paint on the radiators. There's no need to use gloss in 2016

LemonBreeland Wed 27-Jul-16 12:00:38

Gloss is wood pain Artandco.

OP I know the struggle I have been painting our skirting boards with gloss paint recently and the smell seemed to last forever. You need to get a good airflow through the house with windows open. I also tried a bowl of vinegar and that helped a bit.

Artandco Wed 27-Jul-16 12:01:55

No it's not. Gloss can go on wood, but it's not wood paint. Wood paint you can have in Matt or satin finish, and it dries in 2 hrs.

Gloss is super shiny, super thick, and takes a good 24 hrs to dry. And stinks

TheWhompingWilly Wed 27-Jul-16 12:03:07

Burning a candle is supposed to help.

Artandco Wed 27-Jul-16 12:03:38

Gloss is oil based, wood paint is water based

walruswhiskers Wed 27-Jul-16 12:07:11

Cut an onion in half and leave on the floor of the room. Stinks of onion but absorbs the gloss smell and the onion pong goes v fast once you throw them away.

ExcuseMyEyebrows Wed 27-Jul-16 12:08:02

I hate the smell of gloss paint so I always use satinwood. It's perhaps not as hardwearing as gloss but doesn't stink, and I can wash the brushes in soapy water instead of white spirit which I also hate and would throw brushes away rather than use it

LemonBreeland Wed 27-Jul-16 12:08:21

Perhaps the OP like many other prefers the look of gloss paint Artandco.

I forgot about burning a candle. I think that one helped most.

Globetrotter100 Wed 27-Jul-16 12:08:36

Gloss paint can be water based, not necessarily oil based at all.

OP are you using a low volatility water based gloss? If not, that is your first port of call.

NetballHoop Wed 27-Jul-16 12:10:15

My gran used to leave a bowl of milk out to absorb smells. No idea if there's any truth to it though.

kissmelittleass Thu 28-Jul-16 15:17:27

I do prefer the look of gloss and looks great once it's done. Will try out your tips thanks guys the candle might help

chough Tue 02-Aug-16 16:30:04

Tried the cut onions when we painted our hallway, but it didn't seem to help.
And a delivery man who came to the door said that he just couldn't leave without asking why they were there.

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