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Old 03-28-2008, 10:34 PM   #1
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I want to sand some doors that could possibly have lead paint. There are so many layers of paint on the doors that they have a hard time closing and opening, so I want to sand the old paint off and put a new layer. I plan on taking the doors down and sanding them outside. My question is, is that safe to do? What would be the safest way of doing this. We're talking about 6 doors here. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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No, it is absolutely not safe to sand, scrape, media blast, use methylene chloride, propane torch or heat gun that operates over 700* F on these doors
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Unless you are really attached to these old doors, I'd just take them down and have a carpenter attach new ones. Either that, or send them off to maybe a furniture stripper and have him remove all the old finish.

I would be hesitant to DIY any of this, even outside.

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Unless you are really attached to these old doors, I'd just take them down and have a carpenter attach new ones. Either that, or send them off to maybe a furniture stripper and have him remove all the old finish.

I would be hesitant to DIY any of this, even outside.

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What is the harm if I do it outside and wear a painters mask? I don't understand. Please adivse!! I really want to save money and I believe they are the original doors. If there is a huge health risk than I won't do it, but if there is a way to be safe I don't understand why doing it outside is risky...
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Because the lead dust causes brain damage
The dust outside will blow into your yard, your shrubs, and your ground, your neighbor's pool, and their topsoil

They can then have their soil and pool water tested, and if lead is found, you will be responsible for the Haz-Mat clean-up of their yard, including all new shrubs and replacement of their topsoil (a few inches to a foot depending), and possibly a Haz-Mat clean-up of the inside of their house
This will easily cost tens of thousands of dollars

Never mind the fact that you also contaminated your yard, and should really do a Haz-Mat clean-up on that too
That is if you don't want to have lead poisoning
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Remove them, and bring them to a stripper
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DO NOT sand! Try Multi-strip -- you brush it on with a paint brush, let it bubble up and then scrape it off. Lots of work to get all the nooks and crannies done, but it's not as toxic as the old chemical paint strippers. The smell is awful, but otherwise it's not bad. Set up the doors in a garage or basement and put plastic underneath, along with layers of newspaper, as the paint will drip off. Go to a paint store and they can advise you.

Here's a link to more info on dealing with lead hazards. Good luck!

http://www.oldhouseweb.com/stories/Detailed/280.shtml
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DO NOT sand! Try Multi-strip -- you brush it on with a paint brush, let it bubble up and then scrape it off. Lots of work to get all the nooks and crannies done, but it's not as toxic as the old chemical paint strippers. The smell is awful, but otherwise it's not bad. Set up the doors in a garage or basement and put plastic underneath, along with layers of newspaper, as the paint will drip off. Go to a paint store and they can advise you.

Here's a link to more info on dealing with lead hazards. Good luck!

http://www.oldhouseweb.com/stories/Detailed/280.shtml
I wouldn't strip either without calling the local health department. If you strip lead-painted doors, now you have plastic and newspaper full of hazardous waste, not to mention whatever spattered or scattered during the process all over your clothing and skin.

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