Can you strip lead paint?
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Accordingly, can I remove lead paint myself?
Removal. A variety of approaches are used to remove lead-based paints, such as wire brushing or wet hand scraping with liquid paint removers. Your contractor may opt to wet sand surfaces, and must use an electric sander equipped with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filtered vacuum.
Also, can you get lead poisoning from sanding old paint? Lead-based paint does not present a health hazard as long as the paint is not chipping, flaking, crushed or sanded into dust. High levels of exposure to lead may cause lead poisoning and other issues such as anemia and impaired brain and nervous system functions.
Similarly, it is asked, can you just paint over lead based paint?
Not any normal paint will safely cover lead-containing paint. To make sure that the paint, dust, and fumes are carefully controlled, a special type of paint known as an encapsulant must be used. It's applied over the lead-based paint as a sealant to prevent paint chips or dust from being breathed in or escaping.
Is stripping lead paint dangerous?
Because toxic lead can easily be absorbed by inhaling fumes you should not strip lead paint with a heat gun, and try to minimise sanding which creates fine particles that can also be inhaled.