01:10PM | 01/16/02
Member Since: 01/15/02
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We just moved into a house that was built in 1965. It is in really good shape but needs a lot of updating. I've been removing wall paper from one of the bathrooms without any trouble, but there are "hit & miss" paint areas underneath. My concern is that the paint is lead based so I don't want to scrape it off. I might also mention that I have two children "helping me". There is some sort of underlayment board that shows through where the paint has come off. What I want to know is if I can use some sort of stripper to take the paint off without harming the underlayment board. I'm well aware of the ventilation issues with paint strippers in a confined space such as a bathroom and can deal with that issue. I plan to repaint the walls so I need to get the "hit and miss" paint off the walls. If I can use stripper on the underlayment, I would also like a suggestion on what brand would be the best. It appears that only one coat of paint was applied, so I don't need to worry about removing layers.


08:33PM | 01/23/02
Member Since: 11/16/01
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Dear Bug,
I did some checking with our local EPA rep and he said that if you spray the suspect areas with a clear laquer, you would "encapsulate" the paint. After which, put your final finish on. Encapsulate is govspeak for sealing offending substances so they can do no harm. Stay away from the products marketed especially for this purpose. They are nothing more than laquered hairspray and 3 times as expensive as a can of clear spray laquer. If one doubts this, read the content label of both.


03:31PM | 01/24/02
Member Since: 01/22/02
101 lifetime posts
Lead paint is only harmful if one eats it. As many young children were doing back when its use was prevalent, along with some other heavy metals, thus the reason its use was banned. It does not give off toxic fumes, breathing is not an issue.


02:31PM | 01/29/02
Member Since: 07/11/00
80 lifetime posts
The problem with lead paint is not ONLY if a child eats at it but the dust level created by pealing paint. You have three options. You can encapsulate it with a good lead encapsulant product and certainly not with the method suggested above. You can remove it with a safe remover. You can also replace the trim which would also solve the problem. Suggest you visit the web iste at for info on removal and encapsulation.
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