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Paint smells like cheese??

This is a really weird question...but we just had our contractor paint our bedroom and it now smells like parmesan cheese! Does anyone know what this is and how to get rid of it? The paint is the BEHR no VOC kind too. We opened the windows and fans all night and it still smells. The same contractor painted our kitchen with the same paint (though not "flat" and a different can) and it didn't smell like cheese.
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Contact BEHR to see if this is normal, or if maybe there was a mold problem with that batch of paint. I have heard of instances where someone had mixed in water with latex paint to thin it out in order to make sure they had enough. The paint sat for a bit and developed a bit of mold.
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How long ago was it painted? If it's only been a day or two you can't expect the smell to disappear so quick.
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I'll try and contact BEHR thanks! It was just painted yesterday. I expected paint smell, but cheese smell just seemed so weird...
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i know when i think about it i laugh too. but i really do hope the smell will go away soon!
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Bro, I think you need to stop sniffing the paint....

J/K. It could be worse however. It could be Limburger :)
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Well, what color is the paint? And you're a food addict, so maybe it's all in your head!! :D
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foodaddict wrote: it now smells like parmesan cheese!
Thank you for being so clear up front. I clicked just to ask what kind of cheese and was rewarded in the OP. Thanks!
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Even low-VOC paint takes about 8-10 days for smell to fully dissipate. Are you sure the painter didn't just accidentally a veal Parmesan sandwich in the?
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so...we put in bowls of vinegar to try and get rid of the smell (saw this as a tip on some forums) and now it smells like caesar salad. sigh
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unbrewed coffee grounds....Had a fridge of food go bad when the power went off for a week. Used coffee grounds
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LOL Caesar salad! Just need some steak now
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hoob wrote: Even low-VOC paint takes about 8-10 days for smell to fully dissipate.
Maybe it's the make of paint but I've never had any smell issues with Benjamin Moore paints. There is an initial odour shortly after applying (while it's still wet) but it doesn't linger. And certainly after a day or two the smell is completely gone.

Or maybe some people are more sensitive to odours, however slight.
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mrweather wrote: Maybe it's the make of paint but I've never had any smell issues with Benjamin Moore paints. There is an initial odour shortly after applying (while it's still wet) but it doesn't linger. And certainly after a day or two the smell is completely gone.

Or maybe some people are more sensitive to odours, however slight.
Or it depends on the environment/area. If there is minimal ventilation, it can take longer. However I notice the smell of all low-VOC brands I've used (Behr, Valspar, BM, Para, Zinsser, Olympic, Pittsburgh) for at least a week in the context of normal house painting.

(No, I don't have any good reason for having used so many brands of paint other than random issues of buying convenience.)
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The only paint that I found that had a very disagreeable odour was a Zinsser primer: smelled like ammonia.
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If it smells anything like Kraft parmesan cheese, I can see why you'd complain. Paint usually has some odour to it...the only one I found objectionable was Sears brand (don't know if they make it anymore).
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Since it hasn't been asked... have you... tasted it yet?
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foodaddict wrote: so...we put in bowls of vinegar to try and get rid of the smell (saw this as a tip on some forums) and now it smells like caesar salad. sigh
Are you sure there are no smokable herbs in your system?
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