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Today this post has found the answer to my prayers. My partner painted our very tall hallway with Crown Fashion paint a week ago. Since then I have been searching for the source of the wee smell upstairs. Day one involved obsessing about the toilet. Day 2 I actually took the carpets up at the top of the stairs looking for the source of the smell, thinking perhaps something was leaking. By day three I was vomiting regularly as the weather began to get warmer, then came the diarrhea. General feeling of unwell whenever I am in the house. Fine when I leave it. Checked all new parts fitted (new doors, stair spindles etc - doing house up). The hallway is very central and open to every room and there is no escape. On a whim I sniffed the wall and thought I could smell wee. Laughed the idea off but checked online anyway - lo and behold, Watchdog mention it and then here amongst other places. Completely astonished. Smelly walls? Really?
I shall be making a strongly worded phone call to Crown tomorrow, and once we have neutralised the smell, will be moving over to Valspar which has been used successfully everywhere else in the house. The Crown was on sale in a closing down B&Q. never again.
Thanks to all who have posted on here - it has been great to know the answer to the smell. Windows open now.
I had the same problem before... there wasnt any paint i coud use at my kids bedroom because the stink wouldnt leave in weeks. and now we have changedto wall decals (similar to this ones http://www.vacro.eshttp://www.vinyl3d.com ) and it a lot easier to clean and the room looks better. but i dont know what will happen the day i will take them out
I can't believe it! I thought I was going crazy also but then decided to have a quick google to see if there was any info and low and behold Crown Paints are the culprits. I checked the reviews on B&Q and it mentioned nothing of this just that it was a good paint that covered well, that is why I chose it, covers well but stinks and it's getting worse each day. After reading all of these posts I have contacted Crown, who to be fair are so far being helpful to try and rectify with the sealant and repaint (they obviously know this is an issue they are responsible for) but why has this issue not been resolved as it seems to have been going on for decades with Crown being the worst offender by a mile, no other brand of paint has this much of an issue with it..?!
I had my WHOLE flat painted (walls and ceiling) as I am putting it on the rental market but cannot possibly show it to prospective tenants with it smelling so bad so I need this resolved early next week so that I do not then lose money on rental opportunity. I am devastated.
I will update on here how the process is dealt with and timing etc. standby.
So update is that Crown sent the local rep round to confirm that there was indeed a smell (there was obviously) he wrote a report the same day (last Wednesday) and I was required to submit 3 quotes for the repaint job as I had had the flat professionally painted originally. Crown then chose which quote they wanted me to proceed with and I had the painter collect all the required materials from the Crown Decorator Centre nearest to my flat. The sealant was quite splashy and I had to make sure the painter had the dust sheets deployed fully and correctly but it seemed to go on ok for him (he used a roller), this took a day to do a one bedroom flat. Days 2 and 3 was the 2 coats of scrubbable matt that was supplied, apparently quick thick paint but again went on ok with not much splatter. All the furniture is now back in place and as it's going to be very hot over the next 2 or 3 days I will definitely be able to judge if the smell has gone or not. Once I have confirmed to Crown that the sealant and paint has covered the smell then I will get the painter to submit his agreed invoice to them for paying. So I am not out of pocket, the smell hopefully gone and I can now continue to market my flat for rental without fear of it smelling to prospective tenants.
So, I bought a house about 3 months ago and all the viewings i never noticed any strange smells. However, once i moved in i noticed a chemical/musty/solvent smell in the kitchen which had been totally re-done.
The smell comes and goes and pin pointing it has taken me 3 months and with this forum has confirmed it is coming from the walls.
The people before me left all the paint cans which they used and the kitchen was CROWN BREATHEASY BOTANIC. When they left that took down some shelves and a tv bracket and must have repainted the marks. This is where the strongest most consistent smell comes from.
Its been driving me crazy, Ive had builders under the floors seeing if water was getting in under the floor, or if there was any leaks in the pipe work, but he found nothing. The fact the smell has been so intermittent is the annoying thing. I could cope if there was an actual problem somewhere which you could see.
The smell seems to of decreased today as its a little chillier than late, but still i know its there and it needs removing. What would be the best way to do this? Sand back, Re-prime and then re-paint? Id rather not go through the hassle and then have the smell back.
I painted my bathroom last week with Johnstones once. I am having huge problems as the walls reek. I had a halloween party on Saturday and was so embarrassed about the smell that I went around all my guests explaining that the awful smell was coming from newly painted walls. I have emailed Johnstones regarding this issue and am patiently waiting for a response. I am determined not to be fobbed off by Johnstones and hope they take this issue seriously.
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