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Rick and Mary S...
Paint smell in refrigerator
Rick and Mary S...

During a break in the repainting of a room we put two Zinsser-covered rollers into the spare refrigerator. They were wrapped only in a plastic grocery sack, so needless to say, the aroma of Zinsser permeated EVERYTHING in the frig. We've taken it all out; scrubbed it down with vinegar and baking soda; put bowls of baking soda in the freezer and refrigerator portions with the doors open and with them closed; and now have the doors open WITH the bowls in the boxes WITH a fan blowing into the boxes, to no avail. When we close the doors for even a few minutes, the smell seems almost as strong as before. We've been working on it for two days. Have we ruined this appliance, or is there hope? HELP!

JEWEATHER
Re: Paint smell in refrigerator
JEWEATHER

Smells can sometimes really get set into a fridge, can't they! One method I have used before for removing tobacco smoke smells from items (such as closets or furniture) is to get some commercial strength ammonia, put some in a dish and leave it in the enclosed space for a couple days. This has seemed to work for me before, but I don't know if it would solve your problem or not...

Blue RidgeParkway
Re: Paint smell in refrigerator
Blue RidgeParkway
Rick and Mary Stewart wrote:

During a break in the repainting of a room we put two Zinsser-covered rollers into the spare refrigerator. They were wrapped only in a plastic grocery sack, so needless to say, the aroma of Zinsser permeated EVERYTHING in the frig. We've taken it all out; scrubbed it down with vinegar and baking soda; put bowls of baking soda in the freezer and refrigerator portions with the doors open and with them closed; and now have the doors open WITH the bowls in the boxes WITH a fan blowing into the boxes, to no avail. When we close the doors for even a few minutes, the smell seems almost as strong as before. We've been working on it for two days. Have we ruined this appliance, or is there hope? HELP!

if the zinsser paint required mineral spirits, paint thinner, acetone or other organic solvent to clean up, then you probably ruined your refrigerator.

what insulation is in most refrigerators? molded styrofoam*. Usually bare styrofoam is the ventilation areas for frost free freezer area!

what happens when you apply solvent to styrofoam*? it breaks it down disolves it and it collapses. Liquid acetone will do this immediately (try it outdoors - watch it disolve before your eyes, or watch this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXjKYuD_AlY ). paint thinner and mineral spirits break it down more slowly but still does it.

if active charcoal filter doesn't get the smell out, you probably caused the reaction that breaks down the styrofoam and maybe even damaged the caulking and seals in other areas.

the lazy to wash paint roller and paint brush trick is only for laytex paint on rollers and you got to seal it double wrapped in a freezer bag, not a shopping bag and you put in the fridge not the freezer.

*styrofoam meaning polystyrene

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