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How can I get rid of the smell of gloss paint?
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KE7285
Old 12-03-2009, 10:21 AM
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Default How can I get rid of the smell of gloss paint?

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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Old 12-03-2009, 10:27 AM
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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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Hi there

I have done the onion thing whilst decorating and it really seemed to help ....
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Old 12-03-2009, 12:06 PM
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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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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!
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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Thank you MRSMCAWBER! Its much appreciated
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I was told to put out a small dish of neat white vinegar to absorb the smell
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yup the onion thingy definitely works....

then your place reeks of onions lol.....
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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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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
lol poooheeeyyy must be really smelly after you paint
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I have used an onion and it works well so does a potato cut in half of all things!
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I agree, we always use onions as soon as the paint tin is open. Never tried vinegar though.
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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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Yep -just cut them in half and stick on a saucer and leave until the paint smell has gone
In the past I've used a lemon. Seemed to work.
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I always use an onion it does work.
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