Asked on Oct 17, 2017

Can I use paint thinner to remove mold from paint?

Carol PrimEbbjdlSharon Guidry


4 answers
  • Andrew Bounader
    on Oct 17, 2017

    Is the mould in the can or on a prepainted surface?
    If it's in the can you're in a bit of trouble and the paint isn't really fit to breath in due to the mould spores present. If it's a water-based paint - you could try a little chlorine bleach to kill small amounts of mould, however it may also change the characteristics of the paint ie, colour and durability, plus it may react with the surface you're applying it to.... so beware.
    If it's in an oil based paint the mould has reacted with the vegetable oils which suspend the oxides of colour - the paint is useless. It may have a crusty layer of mould with good paint below - but a really really bad odour and the pigments will have separated so the colour won't be any good.

    If it's a painted surface - water-based or laytex then 3 drops of oil of cloves in a 1 pint (600ml) squirt bottle and spray the surface. leave for a few hours or over night and rinse the dead mould off with clean water, if it doesn't work first time do it again and you may need vinegar and sodium-bicarbonate with an old tooth brush. then the clove oil spray, then rinse.
  • Sharon Guidry
    on Oct 17, 2017

  • Ebbjdl
    on Oct 17, 2017

    If you have mold in your paint, buy new paint. The mold you can't see will be painted in on the walls, or whatever your painting.
  • Carol Prim
    on Oct 18, 2017

    No you can't use it.. I his would be the equivalent of spoiled milk.
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