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    KE7285
    How can I get rid of the smell of gloss paint?
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    • 12th Mar 09, 10:21 AM
    How can I get rid of the smell of gloss paint? 12th Mar 09 at 10:21 AM
    Hi everyone. I have tried searching for this but i dont seem to have the knack!

    OH glossed the wood inside our bedroom cupboard while he was (finally) sorting it out for me. That was saturday and i cant seem to get rid of the horrible smell of gloss!

    I open the windows in the bedroom most of the day with the cupboard door open and we have installed a vent too but after (almost) a week, it still stinks and i cant get our clothes back in until its gone.

    Does anyone have any ideas on how to get rid of the smell or is it just a case of waiting?
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    • rockie4
    • By rockie4 12th Mar 09, 10:27 AM
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    • 12th Mar 09, 10:27 AM
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    • 12th Mar 09, 10:27 AM
    I was told that onion gets rid of it. I've not tried it myself but put a cut onion on a saucer in the room (or the cupboard) and it should get rid of the paint smell.............or at least make everything smell of onion!!
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    • 12th Mar 09, 10:58 AM
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    • 12th Mar 09, 10:58 AM
    Hi there

    I have done the onion thing whilst decorating and it really seemed to help ....
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    • By hilstep2000 12th Mar 09, 11:57 AM
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    • 12th Mar 09, 11:57 AM
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    • 12th Mar 09, 11:57 AM
    Yep, the onion works!
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    • 12th Mar 09, 12:06 PM
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    • 12th Mar 09, 12:06 PM
    WOW!! Of all the things i thought might be able to help get rid, onions were definitely not one of them!

    I'll give it a bash tonight - how long do you leave it in there for? Just as long as it takes?

    Thanks loads!
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    • 12th Mar 09, 12:33 PM
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    • 12th Mar 09, 12:33 PM
    WOW!! Of all the things i thought might be able to help get rid, onions were definitely not one of them!

    I'll give it a bash tonight - how long do you leave it in there for? Just as long as it takes?

    Thanks loads!
    Originally posted by KE7285
    Yep -just cut them in half and stick on a saucer and leave until the paint smell has gone -if it hasn't gone after a couple of days you might need to cut a new onion
    I always have them in the rooms when Im decorating.. hope it gets rid of the smell quickly for you
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    • 12th Mar 09, 1:51 PM
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    • 12th Mar 09, 1:51 PM
    Thank you MRSMCAWBER! Its much appreciated
  • kris from canada
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    • 18th Mar 09, 6:13 PM
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    • 18th Mar 09, 6:13 PM
    I was told to put out a small dish of neat white vinegar to absorb the smell
    • hamstercheeks
    • By hamstercheeks 18th Mar 09, 6:19 PM
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    • 18th Mar 09, 6:19 PM
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    • 18th Mar 09, 6:19 PM
    yup the onion thingy definitely works....

    then your place reeks of onions lol.....
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    • SunnyGirl
    • By SunnyGirl 18th Mar 09, 6:23 PM
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    I've always put some vinegar on a saucer then put a cut onion in it too - maybe I like the best of both worlds
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    • By hamstercheeks 18th Mar 09, 6:41 PM
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    I've always put some vinegar on a saucer then put a cut onion in it too - maybe I like the best of both worlds
    Originally posted by SunnyGirl
    lol poooheeeyyy must be really smelly after you paint
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    • Butterfly Brain
    • By Butterfly Brain 18th Mar 09, 9:46 PM
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    I have used an onion and it works well so does a potato cut in half of all things!
    • shopndrop
    • By shopndrop 18th Mar 09, 10:29 PM
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    I agree, we always use onions as soon as the paint tin is open. Never tried vinegar though.
    • Aeshna
    • By Aeshna 19th Mar 09, 9:43 AM
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    If you put some essential oils (citrus works best I think) in a bowl of neat vinegar in the warmest corner of the room, the citrus will counteract the smell of vinegar (which will only be faint, trust me) and the vinegar will absorb the smell of the paint. Really does work!

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  • exprog
    Yep -just cut them in half and stick on a saucer and leave until the paint smell has gone
    Originally posted by MRSMCAWBER
    In the past I've used a lemon. Seemed to work.
  • Valley's girl
    I always use an onion it does work.
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