Lead Paint Removal With Chemical Paint Strippers | Lead-Safe List
One of the safest and most effective ways to remove lead paint is to use a chemical paint stripper. The EPA certification programs do not provide any training on the use of chemical paint strippers, but both EPA and OSHA list chemical stripping as an acceptable method of reducing exposure to lead dust. Chemical stripping is the preferred method of paint removal by many professionals where the surface needs to be protected such as historic restoration and boat bottom repairs. You may encounter lead paint throughout a residential or commercial building, on furniture, industrial equipment, pipes, or boats and other marina equipment. Your goal may be to permanently remove the lead paint for safety or historic restoration or some other purpose. Different tools and removal methods may be appropriate for different scenarios, and you should include chemical paint strippers in your repertoire of lead paint removal methods. The right tools will help you become more effective and improve safety, which is essential on any lead paint removal job.
Return to Painting and Decorating Library Index. Plus sanding is dusty, and that can raise other issues, such as lead exposure! In fact, using paint removers is recommended to limit lead exposure via dust! That doesn't diminish the inherent dangers in chemical paint removers. There are various paint removers marketed as being "safe", but in my experience they don't work as quickly or as thoroughly as the more toxic types specifically methylene chloride based removers so weigh this when you make your purchase.
Layers of paint often crack and flake. Bottom layers of paint often contain substances that are harmful to our health. However, removing old paint can be extremely difficult and paint stripping can be extremely dangerous if not done properly. That is why Eco-Strip is proud to offer a safer option. Paint strippers contain chemicals that help remove paint and varnish from surfaces.