Tips for lead paint removal
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If lead paint is chipping or peeling, or if it's on a surface such as a windowsill or stair rail where children can chew on it, then the lead paint (or the painted material) should be removed. Painted surfaces that rub on each other, such as doors and windows, require special attention to stop the friction. And if the paint has been damaged by other problems, such as water damage due to leaks, then the underlying problem should be fixed first.
There are several ways to remove lead-based paints:
- Wire brushing or wet hand scraping with the aid of a non-flammable solvent or abrasive compound.
- Wet hand sanding and/or power sanding with HEPA filters. Only wet hand sanding and/or an electric sander equipped with a HEPA filtered vacuum attachment should be used.
The following methods should not be used for lead paint removal:
- Open flame burning or torching
- Machine sanding or grinding without a HEPA attachment
- Abrasive blasting or sand blasting
Set it up safely
When you work at a job with lead-based paint, you must contain the work area to prevent the escape of dust and debris. The goal of proper setup of the work area is to keep dust in the work area and non workers out.
Proper setup for Exterior Painting Jobs
- Cover the ground with plastic sheeting extending 10 feet.
- Close all doors and windows within 20 feet of the renovation.
- Ensure that doors within the work area are covered with plastic sheeting that allows workers to pass through while confining dust and debris to the work area.
- Make sure not to contaminate other buildings or areas.
- When working on the 2nd story or above, you should extend the sheeting farther out and to each side where paint is being disturbed.
- Avoid working in high winds if possible.