(Closed) Lead Based Paint?

posted 7 years ago in Home
Post # 3
Hostess
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Here is some information from the EPA on lead based paint.

It seems like they recommend having a specialist come in to remove it, while you leave the home temporarily.

Post # 4
Member
14496 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Do you have to remove it? I’ve read that sometimes its better to just paint over it or leave it rather than disturb it by trying to remove it.

 

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@pinkshoes: I also read it is better to paint over it than disturb it and breathe in the fumes.

If you have lead paint in cans left over from the previous owner, it can’t be thrown out. It has to be disposed of through hazardous waste collection.

Post # 6
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6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

We had a local lead paint abatement team do an assessment on our house.  They said they recommend painting over the lead paint with a regular latex paint.  The only areas you need to be really careful of are places where the paint is peeling/cracked and window ledges, which are easily scraped/disturbed.  Make sure you repaint any areas like this, and everything else should be fine.

Post # 7
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66 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I would not recommend removing it yourself. That would be far more dangerous than leaving it or painting over it. If you have small children and really want it removed, I’d hire a licensed contractor who has been trained in lead paint abatement.

Post # 9
Member
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@His Barista:  You might try to find a local lead paint abatement program in your area.  Some places even do assessments for free and can tell you who to call to safely remove the paint and give you an estimate on how much it might cost.

Post # 11
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66 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I agree with the advice above. I know so much about the topic because I used to manage the Federal grant programs for my city- if you don’t qualify for the city/county to do it for you, they can at least recommend someone! Good luck!

Post # 12
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2433 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I would have it taken care of professionally. Don’t want to chance breathing in the fumes.

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