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Old 04-01-2008, 04:59 PM   #1
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Quick question. I have the next couple of days off and am going to paint my grandmothers porch..never painted anything before..my grandma doesn't really care as long as its covered with something..The situation is the porch was painted..then there was a carpet over it for about 20 years..then the carpet got really raggity and we had to rip it off..underneath is some cracking paint..The porch is outdoors

I tested the paint for lead-there is no lead in the paint so that is not a concern. However, I am concerned about silica. No one knows what kind of paint was used. My grandfather has been dead for about 10 years..and my dad helped him, but he cant' rememeber what kind of paint was used either-it was painted around 25 years ago.

What kind of precautions should I take?
Should I be concerned about silica if I am scraping outdoors?
Would I need to get a full respirator to scrape the paint?

Any assistance would be appreciated..

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Although silica should not be taken lightly, in reality the silica warnings you see are because in extreme cases it can cause disease
Truly, we are talking about sandblasters, quarrymen, and miners
But...that doesn't mean full care shouldn't be taken when sanding
(sanding anything actually, as sandpaper has silica)
I like a good quality respirator when scraping and or sanding myself

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That mask may be overkill but I used a 3M 6200 for my basement floor (asbestos). Get a P100 mask that fits well. Don't get it wet or it won't work. If you are doing a lot of work change after 6-8 hours or when it's really dirty.

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A Good Quality mask is not very effective if the wearer has a beard.Food for thought..................
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mark..agreed...I have seen guys drill holes for cigarettes and cigars so they can smoke when they work...that defeats the purpose just a little.
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OUCH!
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OUCH!
What...you don't scrape and sand yourself?
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What...you don't scrape and sand yourself?
Hmm, I suppose I've scraped things off myself (paint, primer, glue). Sanding though? No thanks.
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Careful application of a belt sander can do wonders for that callous on your foot there....
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