i have several brick wall sections in my basement from which i would like to remove the old paint to expose the brick for aesthetics. i was planning to do it using a 4.5-in grinder and a brush attachment.
i was wondering if a gas-mask type respirator would suffice protecting or whether i should have an entire hazmat suit ? also, what are some other implications ? i guess it would be highly recommended to thoroughly ventilate the area and shopvac it afterwards.
i am also posting this in the safety section (moderator, please do not remove).
I would not recommend that procedure for this project
Not only is that a bad way to remove lead paint for health and safety reasons, that is also a bad way to remove paint from brick for actual removal reasons
Water/media blasting is the only good way I know of to remove paint from brick, while leaving the brick in good shape and aesthetically pleasing
Unfortunately it is not a DIY friendly job
I'd suggest encapsulating (painting over it) as the best type of DIY lead 'abatement'
I'd also suggest a re-paint as the best DIY way to make the brick more appealing