• In this video, lead paint abatement specialist Ron Peik shows the safe, proper way to dispose of lead paint.

    1. Use a paint scraper to remove the paint from the outside corners of baseboard.
    2. Collect the lead-paint dust using a special HEPA vacuum.
    3. Install new drywall over walls that contain lead.
    4. Remove doors and mantelpieces and bring to a commercial refinisher who has a dip tank for chemically stripping off the old paint.
    5. Use a hammer and pry bar to remove all moldings that will be replaced by new wood.
    6. After removing the moldings, use a HEPA vacuum to collect lead-paint dust.
    7. Insulate the voids around the windows and exterior doors prior to replacing the interior trim.
    8. Once all the lead paint has been removed, wash all surfaces in the entire room with a TSP solution.
    • 8 to 12 hours for an average-size room
    • $500 to $2,000 for an average-size room
    • Difficulty: Hard
      requires special tools and equipment; this job is best left to a licensed pro
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        Paint scrapers
      • HEPA vacuum for hazardous waste
        HEPA vacuum, used to collect lead-paint dust
      • hammer
      • flat prybar
        Pry bar

      Shopping List

      1. TSP cleanser, used to wash all room surfaces after all lead paint has been removed

      2. Tarps, used to protect floor and contain lead-paint dust

      3. Fiberglass insulation, used to fill the voids around windows prior to replacing the trim