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19mquinn79 04-12-2011 02:00 PM

House built in 1973 -- lead paint?
Hey guys, I just bought a house that was built in '73. An old lady lived there, and I would not be surprised if the interior paint was the original coat.

Do you think it's likely that a house built at that time was painted with lead paint?

I'm planning on sanding the walls to get them ready for some new paint and want to be safe.


Windows 04-12-2011 02:19 PM

Possible but not likely.

user1007 04-12-2011 03:12 PM

I doubt it either but the final ban on the use of lead in paint was 1977. If in a doubt, chip off a piece and have it tested.

housepaintingny 04-12-2011 03:48 PM

The only way to tell is to test. You can by a test kit and check your self. You will want to cut through the layers of paint when checking to make sure that none of the layers contain lead. Lead was banned in the U.S in 1978 from putting it into paint. It is safe to assume any home painted before 1978 may contain lead.

user1007 04-12-2011 04:10 PM

You know, one thing I forgot to mention since you are going to be sanding anything. Where at least a dust mask and preferably an appropriate aspirator and cover up some. We assume all modern building materials are safe but I was diagnosed with "environmental" pneumonia once for being around too much too often. Lungs cleared but I learned my lesson.

DrHicks 04-12-2011 04:19 PM


Originally Posted by Windows (Post 628005)
Possible but not likely.

That's what I'm thinking. Quite unlikely.

ltd 04-12-2011 05:56 PM

on walls i doubt it. may be on painted trim or doors but i still doubt it .just test it .you get 8 swabs in a pack for 25 dollars .and you will know right away:yes:. theirs a web site to show how to test it . you can get these at lowes or s/w :wink:

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