Methods of removing paint safely
|Wet sanding. This
is the preferred option to reduce dust
||Reduce dust by wetting
paint before rubbing down with wet and dry sandpaper.
Do not rub down with dry sandpaper and especially not with an
ordinary power sander. This will release lead-rich dust into the
air and the rest of the house.
Ensure that any residue is cleaned up.
|Dry power sanding
with a HEPA Vacuum Attachment
||This method is not
recommended for the home handyperson. It requires skill and can
only be done safely by contractors with the appropriate training
||Ensure any debris
is collected and the area cleaned up.
||NOT recommended for
properties and structures built or painted before 1970 or for boats
because of the lead content of the paint
and the large amounts of uncontrolled dust generated.
|Blasting with heat:
An electric paint stripper, hot air blower or blow torch will heat
the paint and blister it, so that it can be scraped off. Note that
the use of a blow torch will produce lead fumes. Beware also of
||Wear a toxic-dust
respirator if using a hot air blower, blow torch or electric paint
stripper. Have a fire extinguisher or water handy in case of fire.
If using a blowtorch indoors, make sure that windows are open and
advise local fire authorities.
used for small surfaces such as window frames.
||Wear safety glasses,
overalls and gloves to avoid contact with the skin.
Keep the room well ventilated. Follow any instructions on the
||Clean up paint flakes.
Use water to flush debris to a collection point for disposal.
Prevent debris spreading to other properties.