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Old 05-29-2013, 04:21 PM   #1
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Planning to paint our home this summer. We purchased in fall of 2011. The paint is not overly bad just a lot of bad prep work in the past so there are a lot of craters and unsmooth finish. There are also areas where the paint is peeling but not too many places. We aren't overly fond of the color and this is the next project on our list.

So i did a lead test and it came back positive, almost the same color as the positive color sample. it was a klean-strip d-lead test; the one where you put some paint in the sample canister and add 5 drops shake and wait.

So there goes my plans of pressure washing the house.

My question is what options do I have? Can i just wet scrape and catch the peelings in the bad spots.; spackle the craters (no sanding), and then washing with a garden hose and detergent?

I would really like to get a paint shaver pro but $600 is a lot to drop on a tool for a DIYer like me.

Any advice is greatly appreciated.

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Homeowners can get away with some things pros can't although laws are different from state to state.I wouild check local laws to see what you can and can't do.

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As a home owner, you can do anything you want, the lead laws do not apply to you.
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My question is what options do I have? Can i just wet scrape and catch the peelings in the bad spots.; spackle the craters (no sanding), and then washing with a garden hose and detergent?


Any advice is greatly appreciated.
That sounds like the way to go. Except maybe substitute caulk for spackle. It's harder to make the caulk smooth, but if the house is rough already.... Caulk will also help hold everything together and will last a lot longer than spackle which is generally not for ext. applications.

Good idea to wear a thin tyvec suit during the prep to keep dust off your clothes, or at least take outer clothes off outside and wash separately. Wear a mask rated for lead dust.

Maybe look into peel bond primer to help prevent future peeling.
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That sounds like the way to go. Except maybe substitute caulk for spackle. It's harder to make the caulk smooth, but if the house is rough already.... Caulk will also help hold everything together and will last a lot longer than spackle which is generally not for ext. applications.

Good idea to wear a thin tyvec suit during the prep to keep dust off your clothes, or at least take outer clothes off outside and wash separately. Wear a mask rated for lead dust.

Maybe look into peel bond primer to help prevent future peeling.
I just used that "peel stop" primer for the first time, or whatever its called, and it seemed good after applied, and after maybe 6 months, is still performing. Time will tell, but I don't see any downside to using it... except maybe cost/time... but beats complete striping.
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spackle the craters (no sanding), and then washing with a garden hose and detergent?
Whether you use spackle or caulking... I'd do all of the washing first, then the filling. This is especially important if you use spackle.

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Thank you for all the advice!

I realize a lot of the laws and regulations would not apply to me but i still want to do the work in a safe manor.

For the peel safe primer should i use that on the entire exterior or just the problem areas that I scrape?

Can I still use a jomax/bleach mixture for cleaning?

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