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  1. Painting
    I have a (tin/aluminum?) ceiling above a drop ceiling I started taking down, saw the chipping paint and stopped to test it. Building is from roughly 1900; I'm assuming it's lead paint but the two previous tests I did were definitive negatives. I'm on my third round of tests now but still not...
  2. Painting
    Hi, I recently started my painting project on our exterior door stripping/repainting everything. I've stripped the wood frame to bare wood and I'm working on the steel door now. It looks like a gray/blue as the original primer on the door. The house was built in 1988 and I have concerns it's...
  3. Painting
    Hello, everyone - this is my third post looking for advice on this project. The first two were very helpful, fingers crossed for this one. So, I have an old turn of the century house with cracking, peeling lead paint on the exterior. I've tried a dozen different techniques to get it off so we...
  4. Painting
    I have a tiny bathroom covered in wallpaper that looks like confetti was glued all over the room (including the ceiling). My toddler started pulling the wallpaper off, which I am all for. However, below what is coming off is a brown paper looking layer. I assume that is part of the wallpaper and...
  5. Painting
    Hi all, I have various paint questions--primarily with how to deal with painting over peeling, chipped or (likely) lead paint. We are moving into our first house and money is TIGHT, so we had planned to do this mostly ourselves--especially once we got a $7000 quote for skimcoating alone. So...
  6. Painting
    We had a 100 year old house with lead paint that is failing in many places. I had a contractor come over for an estimate. He said that after scraping and removing any loose paint he would then caulk the hard edges between the painted and unpainted surfaces. I am aware that sanding is usually...
  7. Painting
    My husband and I are in the middle of purchasing an old house, one that was built around 1890. As such, it will almost certainly have lead paint. I've been scouring the internet and looking at message boards, home improvement sites, government websites, etc. But, I haven't come across a problem...
  8. Painting
    Hi. Have a vintage condo. The floor and ceiling trim have been painted over what seems like, a million times. :furious: It's chipped, broken and all around nasty. What should I do? Remove it all and start over? Sand it all out and paint over it? Super confused. Thanks. :thumbup:
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    My passions are public health focusing on lead poisoning, recycling and green products. I am an old hippy with grandchildren now. Yikes:thumbup:. My husband and I tried to remodel a 1930's cottage and ended up demolishing it. Very disappointing. Rotten and weak foundation, stream running into...
  10. Painting
    I've carefully read the new EPA lead paint regs that go into effect on October 1,2010. Those regs seem to assume that every job that disturbs lead paint will involve a licensed contractor who has received the EPA training. This significantly increases costs. I'm thinking about taking the...
  11. Painting
    My husband and I just bought a house and are trying to do some work before we move in. The walls of nne of the bedrooms and the hallway are covered in wallpaper that was then painted over. We'd like to remove the paint and wallpaper so that we can start with a fresh coat of paint. The house...
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