My house was built this year. I have several medicine/linen/towel cabinets
in and around the bathroom. All of them constructed at the same time,
presumably from the same wood. All of them painted at the same time, coat
for coat. All but one are normal. The abnormal one smells, from day one
till now, 12 months later, as though the paint isn't quite dry or something.
It's an unpleasant smell that has not faded much in a year. The cabinet
directly below it has no smell, despite being done exactly simultaneously
with the same materials. There's nothing in these cabinets. They're empty.
Except for the smell in one. What the hey?
Hmmmmm......got me stumped. I would leave it open, run a fan to
circulate air best you can. Make sure house humidity is reasonably low.
The paint should cure....the fumes can't last forever unless contained
inside the cabinet. If it still remains, lay a tray of plain charcoal
inside the cab. If that fails, strip the stinky paint, repaint with
latex. I'm willing to bet it is just a matter of inadequate ventillation.
Why on earth would you presume I'm trolling? I'm trying to figure something
out here that doesn't make sense to me. I thought maybe someone on this ng
had the expertise I lack to decipher the situation.
It's not a medicine cabinet. It's a 4' by 2 1/2' closet, 17" deep. Built
into the walls like any other closet. An identical (but non-smelly) one is
directly below it. Smells bad like paint, not like a dead rat.
I don't think I have any solutions, but answers to the following
may help someone diagnose the problem.
What is the basic material? MDF, ply, unknown, or other.
Primed? with what
Painted? with what
Is the smell like oil based paint, latex, raw wood, other?
There must be some variable in the pile. Sunlight, bleach, and
baking soda come to mind as the most gentle first attempts at
dealing with odor/mold/smell. Scuff sanding and fresh primer and
finish sound like the next step.
(top posted for your convenience)
Keep the whole world singing . . . .
DanG (remove the sevens)
House was built in 2003-2004, cabinetry installed and painted in 2004. This
is not a unit medicine cabinet like you'd install in a hole in your drywall,
it's a built-in cabinet, really more of a linen closet. I only called it a
cabinet because it is not floor-to-ceiling in height. It's 4 feet high, 17
inches deep, 27 inches across. There's another one roughly the same size
directly beneath it, built and painted at the same time, but which doesn't
smell. Removing either would involve ripping it out down to the studs,
removing casing, etc. -- in other words a task equivalent more or less to
removing a small closet from any room. Not very practical.
I'm just trying to figure out if anyone has an explanation for one
closet/cabinet smelling bad and the one below it not smelling, when built
and constructed identically and simultaneously.
Zinsser Seal Coat is a dewaxed shellac product that often is used as a
barrier coat between finishes or a sealer for stains or odors. First
thing I'd try and if that doesn't solve it another coat of something
can be applied.
On Sat, 15 Jan 2005 17:52:05 GMT, "Jim Beaver"
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