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How to eliminate strong paint smells

Continuing the discussion from Painting tips!:

Thanks darlic. I have seen those small bottles of scented paint additive. Il be interested to try out!

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Of course it is a good idea to close paint pots and place trays in covers when not using them (and brushes in gel) to prevent unneeded paint smell, but is it not a bit risky to completely mask the smell of fresh paint?
The smell gives you a good warning to ventilate the place until the paint has dried.
Besides, I kind of like the smell of paint :wink:

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The old fashion thinking, when you finished painting a room, they’d say, that paintwork smells fresh. Well no, actually that is fumes and pollution and it is making us all wrinkle at the edges.

What you say is right Jop, about needing a warning to ventilate a recently painted space. Isn’t that on the shoulders of the paint manufacturers to make that known more?


Rather than masking the smell, I would also consider using paints that do
not smell in the first place, have really low VOC levels and are solvent
free. On an acrylic tip, eicó paints have really low VOCs (Helmatt Flat
interior Matt is less than 0.1%) are APEO free and their Hard wearing Matt
uses natural vinegar as a fungicide making it an exterior and bathroom
grade paint without the nasties!!. Nearly every single eicó customer i have
mentions the lack of smell compared to other paints. Also go for Keim -
mineral based, no solvents, no chemicals, no VOC, no smell - and great

There are other options such as Earthborn and Auro, and some (like Auro) do
add perfumes eg lemon to create a nicer smell, but there are a lot more
companies offering better healthier alternatives to the standard paint
products available.