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lead paint

How can I remove or cover lead paint in an older house?

A. Spruce
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Removal would be done by a licensed and certified/bonded/insured abatement company. Encapsulation, also an acceptable "remediation" can by done by you or paint contractor, using readily available latex/alkid paints. Consult with your local paint dealer - Sherwin Williams, Kelly Moore, and other bonefied paint dealers, not the local big box - for suitable paints and primers for your particular location and application needs.

Blue RidgeParkway
Re: lead paint

There is plenty of information on the subject on the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) web site and on the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) site.

Keep in mind that varnishes, stains, polyurethanes, and other such finishes can also be LOADED with lead its not just in paint. Too many DIYers and many so-called "professional contractors" think nothing of contaminating an entire household with lead dust by sanding off or contaminating with lead while stripping wood floors and woodwork with NO regard for its potentially hazardous lead content!

You can choose the best method based for your project after you have read all about it and how to safely set up for the project, contain the project (prevent contamination of yourself and the household), and how to properly clean up and dispose of the materials after the project on the EPA and HUD sites and ordering and reading the Field Guide document mentioned below.

It is a good idea to invest in family members getting a simple ($5 or so) blood test before the project and afterwards for baseline and post project lead levels so if there is any increase you can get immediate care to remove any absorbed lead from the body.

There are other main pages on the EPA site and keep in mind you also have concerns with pre-mid 90s "laytex" or other water containing paints and other finishes having high residual mercury content from the preservatives they used to keep it from "souring".

Here are some starting links for you (click on links) :

http://www.epa.gov/iaq/homes/hip-lead.html This is a link to the US EPA web site on an area specific to homes and lead paint issues. You'll find links on the pages themselves as well as the remodeling links on the menu bar on the left. You'll want to jot down the reference for the 1999 publication from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development "Lead Paint Safety: A Field Guide for Painting, Home Maintenance, and Renovation Work" and order it if you'll be doing any work or hiring someone to do it so you know what should be done and how.

http://www.hud.gov/offices/lead/healthyhomes/lead.cfm This is a link to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development web site, and an area specific to lead hazards and remodeling, etc. You'll see a number of documents you can download on the right under the "want more information" banner.

Hope that helps get you started on your self-education, and good luck with your projects.

Re: lead paint

The safest route is to use a certified abatement company. This is not something I would recommend as DIY.
Mark, Painting Plymouth, MN

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