05:27PM | 07/02/02
Member Since: 07/01/02
2 lifetime posts
Remodling an 1906 home with lead base paint. I have three children (8-12) is it safe to paint over using everyday paint? Anything particular I should do before I paint? While or after I paint? Do I need to have a professional do this?


03:23AM | 07/03/02
Member Since: 03/13/00
1678 lifetime posts
My understanding of the issues with lead paint is that you want to avoid eating any (your kids are old enough to keep it out of their mouths) and you want to avoid breathing the dust from sanding it. That one is up to you.
So, painting over it should not be a problem.


06:37AM | 07/06/02
Member Since: 01/22/02
101 lifetime posts
It would be hard to believe that children in the 8-12 range would eat the paint, mainly it is infants doing such things. Painting over it should not be a problem but understand that if the lead layer peals off comes your new layer also and if anyone ate those chips it would have the same consequential results. And I don't have much faith in "encapsulation."


11:06AM | 07/07/02
Member Since: 07/11/00
80 lifetime posts
Painting over lead paint is just a band aid since you always have to continue to check the integrity of the coatig. However, if the walls are in good condition and you do not have to do a lot of surface prep I would suggest a good lead encapsulant product from either Fiberlock or Dumond chemicals. The friction areas like door jams and window frames should be stripped of the lead paint. Visit the web site at and there is a write up on lead paint removal. It can safely be done if you use a system that is always keeping the paint in a wet or damp state so there is no airborne lead dust.


Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.


type the code from the image


Post_new_button or Login_button

Painting your front door a striking color is risky, but it will really grab attention. Picking the right shade (and finish... Built on a rocky island in the Drina River, near the town of Bajina Basta, Serbia, this wooden house was cobbled together ... Large steel-framed windows flood the interior of this remodeled Michigan barn with daylight. The owners hired Northworks A... Edging formed with upside-down wine bottles is a refreshing change. Cleverly and artistically involving recycled materials... A Washington State couple called on BC&J Architects to transform their 400-square-foot boathouse into a hub for family bea... Similar to the elevated utensil concept, hanging your pots and pans from a ceiling-mounted rack keeps them nearby and easy... For windows, doors, and mirrors that could use a little definition, the Naples Etched Glass Border adds a decorative flora... The thyme growing between these stepping stones adds a heady fragrance to strolls along this lush, low-maintenance garden ... Decoupage is an easy way to add any paper design to your switch plate, whether it is wallpaper, scrapbook paper, book page... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Reluctant to throw away any of those unidentified keys in your junk drawer? Hang them from a few chains attached to a simp... A stripped-down model, sans screened porch, starts out at $79,000. Add the porch, a heated floor for the bath, and all the... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... This garden shed has been decked out to the nines. Designer Orla Kiely created the intimate home for a flower trade show, ...
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon