Hi I used the international sealer and after 2 weeks it still smelt very strong. I put a fan in the room with all doors and windows open for 2 dyas which helped a bit. Then painted over with two coats of emulsion and slowly the smell of the sealer is fading. I have now slept in the room but continue to keep the doors and windows open. So far, 4 weeks after applying the sealer, no sign of the OFF smell. Fingers well crossed as I see from other posts that it can come back. Nightmare!!
We're two months on from applying the sealer now, the two walls where we stripped the paper are fine, no smell of anything. The two where we left the paper on have a smell (of paint) strong enough to make you feel sick if you spend any time in there. I'm now resigned to calling in a decorator to strip off the remaining paper and reskim the lot, that'll be the third redecoration in 3 months :(
The other bad news is that before the smell developed we used the same brushes to repaint the dining room (no lining paper here), there's no gas smell there, just a sickly cat pee smell, joy! the room smells musty and unclean. I'm hoping we can live with it as we don't spend significant amounts of time in there but I can see another purchase of Internaional Sealer happening before the Summer's out.
Hey, this post has been going on for ever and is also, elsewhere on the website. DIY Doctor got involved with Crown paint and BBC Watchdog a while back and you can read and see the results in our press archive. If you want to move on though, there are hundreds of decorating tips and tricks on the website in our projects section here. http://www.diydoctor.org.uk/alphasearch/P.htm
*UPDATE* the paint smell has finally cleared from my daughter's room three months on. The dining room has just been redecorated with Zinsser and new paint and another room in the house that I used new brushes and rollers over plaster that had only been painted once now smells of gas too - this was also painted with Homebase paint, this time 'Home of Colour' - steer clear!
I have just painted my hall, stairs and landing with Dulux Trade Subtle Ivory and now my house smells like rotten eggs. I remembered seeing the edition of Watchdog a few years back where they'd discussed this same problem when people had used Crown Paints, which has led me to attribute the smell to the paint- in fact, if you smell the wall directly you can clearly smell it's coming from there.
I did not think it was something Dulux had had a problem with, and judging by a lot of the posts on here Dulux seems to be the paint of choice to help get rid of the smell. I'd be interested to know if anyone else has had a problem with Dulux? There's something clearly wrong with the batch I've had made up, as it's a paint I've used many times at different houses I've owned and never have I had a smell like this.
I'm on to Dulux at the moment, so will post more if and when I have any answers. For the time being though, I'd be wary about using their paints. Considering this problem caused Crown no end of grief and bad publicity, I find it hard to believe that Dulux haven't learnt from their competitor's mistakes...
I'm also having problems with a Dulux paint which now smells of rotten eggs two weeks on. A friend used Dulux quick dry white gloss over a previously painted surface - that was a normal gloss finish decorated about 3/4 years ago, not water-based. The smell is worst on a window sill, although I think I am getting a slight smell from the window frame and skirting boards too. No amount of fresh air helps and its not fading. I've also tried a cream kitchen scouring cleaner on a few occasions, but with no effect. I've read on one forum that vinegar/water works to neutralize the chemical reaction. Anyone tried that? Or does it just overpower the rotten egg smell with a vinegar smell? Other suggestions are to rub down the whole lot and remove the paint layer and start again. However, if by chance its a chemical reaction between the new paint and old paint, wouldn't it be necessary to get rid of the layer of old paint too, as this is where the reaction is taking place? What about stripping the whole lot with something like Nitromors? Or could this just add one more chemical to the mix? Any suggestions?