Painter used 0 voc 0 solvent paint and primer plus tint, but it has acetone. Air is terrible. How do I seal if i can't tolerate AFM sealers?

Asked by michael
San Francisco, CA

Have ventilated for four weeks, plus heaters and filters. It is painted on both sheet rock and plaster walls. Are there any options to remove it, to cover it etc. Unable to move in


Bill Bradbury

Answered by Bill Bradbury

Smithfield, UT

Envirocon Home Restoration

December 31, 2012

Your painter tricked you then, because acetone is a well known solvent.

Zinsser makes a shellac based wall sealer that we have had very good luck with. Here is a link to a video about shellac production.

Good luck!



For more information:

Debbie Sek recommends ventilation in her Q&A "Our painter used traditional paints instead of non-VOC. Should we strip the walls and start over?"

Read Steve Rush's Q&A "How do you remove or encapsulate non-green wall and floor finishes?"

Tagged In: home air quality

Do you have a question about greening your home? GreenHomeGuide invites you to Ask A Pro. Let our network of experienced green building professionals – architects, designers, contractors, electricians, energy experts, landscapers, tile & stone specialists, and more – help you find the right solution.