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How to remove paint odor?

Asked by sEventoRii (84 points ) May 4th, 2010

I just moved to a new place and the room’s newly painted. The wood frame of the mirror in the bathroom is also just painted. Is there any thing cheap that can absorb those odor? It’s quite hot in LA and the odor’s really strong in the afternoon, I’m afraid it’ll do harm to the health..

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lillycoyote's avatar

Open the windows. Use a fan. Air it out. It will go away eventually.

Pandora's avatar

What @lillycoyote said is the only way I know of getting rid of the smell. You should be fine so long as the windows are open. A fan will help it to dry quicker. If it really bugs you as you sleep, put a fan at the window and direct it to blow your way so you drag in fresh air from outside. It will usually go away in two days unless its an oil base paint. Then it may take a week.

lilikoi's avatar

It certainly is not good for you.

Ventilation is my first recommendation. Open all the windows, perhaps turn on a fan to circulate the air as @lillycoyote recommended.

That smell can hang around for more than a week (think months, maybe even years), even with really good ventilation. A charcoal air filter is another option if it is truly unbearable and you are up for the expense.

Next time, try to get them to use paints with lower to no VOCs.

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thriftymaid's avatar

It’s not going to harm your health. Open the windows for a few days.

njnyjobs's avatar

Get some activated charcoal and set them in bowls in the middle of the rooms or better if you can get a room air purifier with activated carbon/charcoal filter media to hasten the movement of the air.

YARNLADY's avatar

Spray water every time you go in there. The spray mist will take the smell molecules down to the floor (or something like that). Place an open box of Baking Soda in the room, it will absorb the odor.

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