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creamaster 05-26-2008 07:58 PM

Chemical paint remover on exterior cedar siding
Planning on repainting the house this summer, and the south side of the house has taken a beating from years of sun, leaving cracked and peeling paint on the cedar shakes. Id say at least 50% of that side needs to have the paint removed or shakes replaced in order to have a lasting paint job. Id rather just remove the paint, yet I tested it with a store bought lead tester and it tested positive. I expected this as the house was built in the 1960's. Would it be safe to use a chemical remover on lead based paint? Also, would it harm the cedar shakes? If chemical paint removal is ok to perfrom what would you reccomend to use? Is there a repirator that can be bought in stores to protect against lead? I always go to Sherwin Williams for my painting needs, yet they are reluctant to answer lead based questions and gave me a packet to study instead.Thanks for any info.

slickshift 05-26-2008 09:42 PM

Well...I certainly can't blame them
Really, the answer is to have it done professionally
That is what our advice to you here will be also

Technically, in your state or county, it actually may be legal for you to DIY this
But the process is very involved,and nobody(SW or us) wants to accept liability if you fail to follow each and every step to the letter
The best way to DIY it would be for you to take the certification course and invest in the thousands of dollars worth of specialized equipment

This is not just a "keep it wet and double bag it" type's far more involved

I'd recommend contacting a certified professional

And I can add don't go with a cheaper uncertified one...just a few lead paint chips in you neighbor's yard and you could be paying for hazmat clean-up of all the properties next door too...which may include all shrub and topsoil removal and replacement...I'm not kidding, it happened out here

sirwired 05-27-2008 05:10 PM

Your local health department would probably be the best resource for this. They know what is legal or not in your area, and my have a list of contractors licensed to do the work, if you choose to/cannot perform the work yourself.


creamaster 05-28-2008 05:58 AM

Thanks for the replies, I do know it is legal in my township to DIY remove lead paint without strict protocols, such was the case for my parents further in the city. But, from the sound of it I think I will just replace the shakes, more safe and less costly.

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