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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-11-2019, 12:35 PM Thread Starter
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I smell paint now what?

Usually touch my trail cams security boxes with sanding, brushing and paint shortly after I remove them from the woods at the end of the year. I didn't do that last year and just dug them out as I plan to put them out in the middle of July as I do each year.

However, some had a lot of rust and others some rust so I prepared them and painted them with two coats of Rust-Oleum Hammering. They look good, but smell like paint which is not good as I try to leave no foreign scents at my cam sites.

Not sure if the odor will be gone in the next few days. I plan to put them in the sun and air to see how they progress. If this fails I need a method to greatly reduce to odor. I am considering after the paint has been through the recommended drying time to set them in a solution of baking soda and water and hoping the rust will not return.

I guess I could try spraying them down a few times with a cover up spray....or put out some skunk or coon urine near the boxes or rub them with cedar or walnut leaves. However, my desire is to have no odor.

Any ideas????

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-11-2019, 12:56 PM
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Just my opinion and an untested one but i don’t think I’d worry. Paint is a very unnatural odor. I see no reason wildlife would associate that with danger. I could be wrong.
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I agree, they have nothing disturbing them right now to cause fear such as gunfire, If anything the new odor may make them curious and bring them in. It will not take long for the smell to dissipate.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-11-2019, 01:19 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks.....Thought it might bring out the curiosity in the does and fawns, but I am more concerned about the old cagy bucks.

I guess I will give it my best effort then put them out...

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