||04-28-2008 03:04 PM
peeling paint on asbestos (maybe)
I am trying to do some repairs and maintenance on my elderly aunt's home. The outside is covered with some kind of tiles of siding stuff, which may (or may not) be asbestos. The paint, in large part, is peeling off in sheets all the way down to the base surface. Can these tiles be left up and just painted, or do they have to be removed? After I get the paint off, do I need some kind of primer on the surface before I start to paint. Are special prcautions needed when removing paint from these older homes because of lead or asbestos, or can I just climb a ladder and have at it?