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Old 03-04-2008, 12:56 PM   #1
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lead paint abatement


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).

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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

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