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Old 04-15-2011, 12:23 AM   #1
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Hi Everyone

About 2 weeks ago My Family bought a first house that was built in 1982.

The kitchen had ugly wallpapers, and we decided to remove it and repaint the walls. After wallpapers were stripped off the wall my nose was burning due to no mask(I'm a noob). Luckly I didn't scrapped off the popcorn ceiling because I did some research online LOL.

I was told that my nose was burned because of lead painting, and I should test the walls. I bought a box of Instant Lead Tester containing 8 swabs.

When I rubbed the first swab on the wall for 30 seconds, it showed yellow color, but after a minute or 2 color changed to pink. I got afraid and used joint compound to remove the color, which stained the whole wall with yellowish pink...... I ran another test, and samething happened. Yellow color then chaned to pink after a minute or two. Tested on lead paper card and it showed red as soon as it touched it.

Am I doing the lead test correctly??
Is my wall containing lead painting??
Should I remove the joint compound or use primer on the compound??
If it is lead based painting can I paint the walls with lead painting blocker paint??

Thank You for all your help!

I should have researched more about lead painting and asbestos before signed the final title contract......


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Old 04-15-2011, 01:03 AM   #2
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Most important are you pregnant?

You are not giving the test time to react.

Lead paint was banned years before your house was built as was asbestos in things like your popcorn ceiling. Doesn't mean someone did not use leftover materials but I really doubt it.

Did you check the date on the bottle of your lead test strips? Box stores don't rotate very well and yours may have expired long before you bought it.

If really concerned, send small samples of both paint and ceiling to a lab. They will nail you for like $20 I should think.

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Just to add.

I'm a lead inspector. Leadcheck or D-Lead are the best DIY lead test.

However, I would be tremendously surprised if you had any lead based paint on the interior or exterior of your home. Lead based paint was banned in 1978, but many manufacturers quit putting it in paint before this time.
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Just to add.

I'm a lead inspector. Leadcheck or D-Lead are the best DIY lead test.

However, I would be tremendously surprised if you had any lead based paint on the interior or exterior of your home. Lead based paint was banned in 1978, but many manufacturers quit putting it in paint before this time.
I remove a lot of wallpaper, and I get the expected nose burn as well. When you strip paper, you release a dust, whether it's fine paper dust or paste dust, it irritates my nose as well. I agree with Dean, the chances that lead was used to paint a new house four years after the ban is pretty low, especially considering that latex was in use for years before the ban, and companies had already been phasing it out prior to the ban. I think this is a case, no offense, where the lead hype has created hysteria. Don't feel bad, you're not alone.
Dean, I didn't know you lurk over here in the cheap seats?
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Dean, I didn't know you lurk over here in the cheap seats?
Mostly a lurker over here
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Mostly a lurker over here
Welcome, you're insight and experience will benefit us over here as lead questions seem to linger with very little response. I think people, understandably, are hesitant to give the wrong answers. It's that hysteria/fear thingy.

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