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Paint smell

Discussion in 'Sulcata tortoises' started by Bobbyott, Dec 14, 2016.

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  1. Bobbyott

    Bobbyott Member

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    How can I get the paint smell out of my new enclosure? That's all I'm waiting on to move Larry in
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    Gillian M Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    I'd put it outside in open air so as to get rid of that smell.

    I put Oli's enclosure on the balcony, as I live in a flat.
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    Markw84 Well-Known Member 5 Year Member Platinum Tortoise Club

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    I actually put a small room heater with fan blowing directly into it to speed up the process as we are all impatient! Both the heat and air movement is all you can do, this time of year particularly here. Most paint takes a long time to cure if temps are under 60 and some types will not properly dry at all.
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    I precut and pre painted everything prior to assembly . Had everything set outside , by the time I got it together that smell was gone .
    I would probably leave a fan running in there . The heat Mark mentioned also sounds like it would help !
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    It would really help if every one posted their location. An answer that's perfect for one area can be horribly wrong for another!

    In your case, Bobbyott, the type of paint you used will definitely affect the curing/drying time. Epoxy paints, for example, dry fastest if they are wet, while oil-based paints can take 10 times as long, & humidity slows everything down.

    Ken
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