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Old 04-08-2011, 03:54 PM   #1
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How do I cover lead paint? Is It dangerous if the paint is not peeling?


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Old 04-08-2011, 04:48 PM   #2
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Ultimately, it is best to have it removed by a Lead Abatement Co. They can remove it once and for all, however, it is very costly. If it is not peeling, you can paint over it just like any other old layers of paint. Prime with a bonding primer and repaint. You don't want to sand it because then the lead dust becomes airborne.


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Lead paint is not hazardous if it is not peeling, flaking, or otherwise degraded, or if it is painted over. It's only by breathing the dust or eating paint chips that it is ingested in dry form. That said, if the lead paint is the top coat, it can create dust where parts rub together, such as operating window sashes and doors. This dust can accumulate on sills and floors and can be hazardous if children somehow ingest it. Windows, especially, are a major source of lead contamination for young children. If you don't have kids and aren't licking window sills, a simple wiping from time to time should be fine. While lead is toxic and isn't good for you, the whole lead debate is overblown and scaring the heck out of people.
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Thank you Joe. You hit the nail right on the head concerning the lead paint industry. Our business has been certified in my state for many years. My opinion is much the same as yours. While there is a potential hazard, common sense is the key. This issue has been turned into a cottage industry. That's another thread though. We do annual inspections for a couple of day care centers. At one of them literally all we do is wipe dust from windows with cleaner on a white rag. Another thing that we do a lot of isinstall window well inserts in older windows. That is an area where the paint is usually degraded and the friction dust collects.
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Of course the danger comes into play when the paint is chipping or peeling..If it was in my house with my kids I would certainly have it removed.. with that being said there is another option, lead encapsulating paints. This is a DIY project and a relatively cheap insurance policy. Much cheaper than bringing in a lead abatement contractor, however more expensive than painting...

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