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Old 08-18-2012, 05:39 PM   #16
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joecaption had it right, Mirka is a sandpaper manufacturer.
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[quote=dogris;991474]joecaption had it right, Mirka is a sandpaper manufacturer.*****

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chrisn is right. you MUST test for lead if your house is that old before doing anything to abrade or remove that paint. why is anyone giving any advice otherwise? We shouldnt even be talking about anything before it is tested for lead content
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chrisn is right. you MUST test for lead if your house is that old before doing anything to abrade or remove that paint. why is anyone giving any advice otherwise? We shouldnt even be talking about anything before it is tested for lead content
Expert, if you read my post (3rd one down) that is exactly what I said.
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o.k., so all the thick stuff that is alligatored and doesn't budge but is really chippy is old lead paint.

i'm assuming i shouldn't sand it or anything, but rather just paint over it and live with the chippy rough surface underneath.
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o.k., so all the thick stuff that is alligatored and doesn't budge but is really chippy is old lead paint.

i'm assuming i shouldn't sand it or anything, but rather just paint over it and live with the chippy rough surface underneath.
Heidi-- yes the reason that paint is so hard - brittle - and comes off in large chunks is because if the lead they put in.

There are ways to get it off you can search for "how to remove lead paint" and see many ideas. If the area is not big you can use a stripper like orange peel stripper which is less toxic that the super industrial stuff (which will work but you need a gas mask to not get fumed)

If you go slow (I have used the orange stripper and it worked) do a sq foot at a time and are careful the paint will be a goopey mess and as long as it is wet you have no danger of lead dust.

Sanding and grinding are the most dangerous, huge levels of lead dust.

However, once you get the orange stripper on an area and it is melted and gooey you CAN use a scraper gently to ease up the rest of it.

When I did this I used the stripper (on a porch like yours) and did several repeated applications on an area until it was down to the last few layers and then the last bit I used a scraper but as I say it was all gooey and wet so not dust is created and all the lead content it glued into the goopey mess. Wear gloves and make sure you wash up after you do this.

After it is stripped it needs to be washed with clean water until you get most of the stripper off. It is a labor intensive job but if you can work on it over time and not have to do this in one weekend (depends on how big the area is) you can do a great job and it will look very good at the end.

What I ended up using to paint was a 1 part epoxy concrete floor paint. They said it would notr work on wood but you know it did. I put 4 coats down and it is like iron. It is staying put and is so thick that it does not scratch easily.

don't hesitate to post again. I have dealt with lead paint for a long time in old houses and I had kids so I did alot of research and came up with workable options. You can get this done with some patience and elbow grease and caution.

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