Paint issue 1 month after paint completion.

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Anonymous asked 9 years ago

I am having an issue with a bathroom that I had painted recently. 1 month ago I painted the interior master bathroom with Lowe’s semi-gloss paint. It did not go on well and I needed to use multiple coats (in some areas up to 4 coats). I placed fans in the bathroom to circulate the air and help dry. There are no windows in the bathroom, only a fan in the ceiling. The paint was still tacky even 2 weeks after I finished. I assume that was due to multiple coats and that it would just take longer.

The paint is no longer tacky at all, however, the entire bathroom smells like pickles. Yes, pickles. It is terrible and is making us sick. Do you have any idea of what this is or how to fix it? I am at a loss here and we have been living in the guest room for over a month. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance

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Anonymous answered.

I'm so glad someone else had this problem! My mother's new apartment was painted just prior to her move in and it smells overwhelmingly like pickles! It's making me nauseous every time I visit her, and it's now been 3 weeks and the smell, though less, is still there. The owner doesn't smell anything.

I brought a blanket and pillow when I spent the night and the pillow case and blanket had to be washed when I returned home because it absorbed that horrible smell.

I'm really worried that the fumes might not be safe….any thoughts out there?

Anonymous answered.

I am dealing with the same problem! Again, paint bought from Lowes. I have noticed that the smell is worse when the windows are open and the sun is warming the room. I say the smell is like an art room. More of a clay smell.. almost a cat urine smell. But so! SO potent! I have to close that room off so it doesn't permeate the entire house! I contemplated calling Lowes but thought it may have been an older Primer that we had used. Now I'm wondering if that isn't the case!

Anonymous answered.

I just moved into an apartment and the first thing I noticed was the bad smell of feet when I walked though the door. I just thought it was because the men had just painted so I didn't mention it to anyone until my fiance said he couldn't stand it and the landlord told me that it only has that sell because it hasn't be able to circulate through the air. I'm going to give it a few more days before I actually move and if it doesn't let up then I'm going to ask to be moved to another apartment. Because I have a young child, if I can't stand the smell then I know its unbearable to her. I'm a wrong about this?

Crowder Painting answered.

If this is just a paint smell then it should dissipate in a couple of days. To help it along the windows should be opened to allow some new air come into the rooms. Also open up the closet doors, if they were painted.

You are correct that paint fumes, of any kind, will affect children much more than adults. It doesn't take much with developing minds and bodies. Do pay attention to smells, especially when children are involved.

PS- This is why low or no VOC paints are the best options.

Anonymous answered.

over 40,000 comments about this issue… which I am one. Just finished painting my bedroom ceiling. ekkkk, the stench… smelly feet. Only remedy is to re-paint after a sealant is applied.. has nothing to do with the walls or ceilings… it is the paint!

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