The case of the foul-smelling can of paint, and a fix.

It was over a year ago that we bought latex paint for the dining room in our 1915 Foursquare, but put off the project. When we opened the cans, the paint smelled like sour milk. Figuring that modern paint can’t “go bad” and that the rancid smell would dissipate when the paint dried, we used it. It’s been two weeks and despite tons of ventilation, it still stinks! —Frank and Anna Taylor

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