Spray paint updating fail

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Mar 24, 2007
Upstate NY
The HVAC vent covers in my house were a little worse for the wear. I sanded them down and spray-painted them with metallic nickel spray paint. They came out looking nice. But, they stink to high heaven when they are replaced and the heat turned on! I did put them in front of a space heater to help cure, and it's been about 3 weeks since I painted them. They still stink. I haven't sprayed any clear coat over top or anything.

Any way of salvaging them, or did I just commit myself to buying a house full of vent covers?
Originally Posted By: zzyzzx
I used regular Rustoleum and did not have this problem. What paint did you use?

Rustoleum metallic flake paint.

Originally Posted By: sleddriver
They'll "heat-cure" in time, emphasis on time.

So either time or more heat. I want them usable, so looks like more heat.
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