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Gone off Paint Remedy now Smelling Like Sour Milk

Postby Heatherm » Tue Apr 14, 2020 10:26 pm

Hi all,

Today I painted two coats of paint that I believe has gone off. It was left by the previous owners but I think it was only opened 6 months ago as they painted a wall before moving out and there was not much missing from the can.

There is a sour milk smell now coming from the painted (wallpapered) wall. Given the current circumstances, I can’t get to a shop for primer and oil based primers online seem to cost a fortune.

Should I just remove the wallpaper ASAP? Do I need to wait for the paint to fully fire before using a steamer?
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Postby stoneyboy » Thu Apr 16, 2020 9:42 pm

Hi heatherm,
Try stripping a small area and see how it goes. If the paint you used was water based there should not be any problems.
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