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Top tips for getting rid of paint fumes?

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KatOD Sun 04-Jan-15 14:08:40

Any hints? We've obviously got the windows open! TIA

wowfudge Sun 04-Jan-15 16:23:04

What kind of paint? If it's gloss just be careful the draught from the open windows doesn't mean dust, etc is likely to end up stuck to the paint. Also if the open windows make the room very cold, the paint may take longer to dry.

roneik Sun 04-Jan-15 16:24:12

Don't use spirit oil based paints
Go and get some Crown breath easy paint , virtually no smell and dries in a jiff. The eggshell non drip is the best for finish and durability.
If you need to get a bit off of something , a damp cloth and it's gone

specialsubject Sun 04-Jan-15 18:10:00

they can't paint woodwork with breatheasy....

all paint smells by definition. A halved onion is supposed to absorb odours, but really it is time.

lesson; don't paint in the winter!

roneik Mon 05-Jan-15 15:32:56

Water based paints white in particular keep their color longer . Oil based white tends to yellow.
Water based dry so quickly that they tend not to attract dust, oil based are a magnet for dust.
Tip when painting skirting boards use a piece of plastic tilted upward from the floor . You can get for a couple of pound a plastic jig from B&Q used for marking out drill holes for kitchen cabinet door handles uni formally . It stops contact with the floor and dust. Using water based you can just wipe off the paint when it gets on the jig. Makes for very speedy decorating

roneik Mon 05-Jan-15 15:37:52

Breatheasy gloss paint for wood has been around for years . You might be thinking of breath easy emulsion. I have used the gloss and eggshell in this house and it looks and lasts a long long while. It's been around for at least ten years. B&Q stock it , I bought a small tin to paint a walk in wardrobe I built last year. It is very good on doors to using a small roller

roneik Mon 05-Jan-15 15:44:32

There is virtually no smell. Cars are painted in factories with similar paint, and it's only the lacquer that proofs the car from the weather

roneik Mon 05-Jan-15 15:50:00

Very few cars have what is termed solid paint ie oil spirit based. You can still buy a solid color car in a very limited color range one or two colors. Most of the the metallic paint finishes are as described earlier with lacquer seal to proof .

roneik Mon 05-Jan-15 15:57:26

Here is a link to the product it's half way down

wowfudge Mon 05-Jan-15 16:10:50

roneik - your responses don't answer the OP's question (they have clearly already done the painting!) and your link doesn't show any product called 'Breatheasy gloss paint', therefore are rather confusing confused

Monstamio Mon 05-Jan-15 16:22:50

Halve some onions... It really does help!

soberton Mon 05-Jan-15 16:25:25

Hi, I don't know if it's an old wives tale or not, but my Grandad used to swear by leaving a bucket/good sized bowl of cold tapwater in the middle of the room overnight to absorb to paint fumes, close the door to the rest of the house and have the window partially open if poss. Mind you, that would go back 30 odd years so no idea if it would work with modern paints. Good Luck.

KatOD Mon 05-Jan-15 16:42:40

Thanks to everyone for input.

Painting already done (not ideal to paint in winter but necessary on this occasion (repairs)).

Might try the onion and the water... Why not I guess?!

roneik Mon 05-Jan-15 17:14:15

The link shows a can of the paint with Breath easy printed onto the front of the tin. What is it about you always putting everything down I post?
It's on the tin you didnt look properly.
Why would I put a link that didnt show the product for F@cks sake
Anyway the thread is read by people that may find my advice handy.

wowfudge Mon 05-Jan-15 17:24:08

I see Breatheasy on the satinwood and eggshell paints, but not gloss.

And when did I 'always put everything down' that you post? I might not agree with you, but fgs. A bit rich.

roneik Mon 05-Jan-15 17:48:02

Satin and egg shell are wood paints, The tin I bought was 500 m/litres
alright wow sorry , maybe bit upset today for other reason . sorry

wowfudge Mon 05-Jan-15 18:22:43

No worries roneik - hope whatever it is gets sorted out for you. There is often confusion on here over different types of paint and their uses.

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