Encapsulating Lead Paint

Project: Victorian Restoration, Episode 11, Part 4

Landscaping gets underway on the Victorian restoration project house property. Landscape architect Kristian Fenderson and Tom Strangfeld (from Weston Nurseries) talk Bob through the landscape design ideas they developed.

Down in the basement, Bob tours the home's mechanical and electrical systems, including the high-velocity air conditioning system and the zoned hot water heating system.

On the second floor, new Kahrs interlocking wood floors are being installed. In an effort to preserve some of the home's original wood detailing, Cole Stanton (from Fiberlock) is applying a lead encapsulating paint to the window trim.
Part 1: Discussing the Plantings on the Property
Part 2: Reviewing the Home's High-Velocity Mini-Duct HVAC System
Part 3: Installing the White Oak Flooring
Part 4: Installing the Medicine Cabinet
Part 5: Encapsulating Lead Paint
Cole Stanton (from Fiberlock) joins Bob to talk about Child Guard, an encapsulating coating for lead-based paint. Lead encapsulating is an alternative to stripping lead-based paint. It's a safer option to removal, as it doesn't generate the same volume of lead dust. Also, it's far less expensive.

To prepare the surface of the window trim, Cole has taken a few of the lead-safe wipes and removed a lot of dust from the trim. The wipes are presoaked in TSP (Tri-Sodium Phosphate), a heavy-duty cleaner, which is good at solubilizing and lifting lead dust. Because the coating of Child Guard should be applied at 7/1000s of an inch thick dry, it should easily hide nicks and bruises in the woodwork. It is easy to measure the thickness of a wet coat of paint, using a wet film thickness gauge.

Measuring is important, because the encapsulants are tested and certified to meet the requirements for making lead paint safe in all 50 states, but only at a certain thickness.

Child Guard is a Thermoplastic Elastomeric Copolymer. It's water-based and cleans off with soap and water.
Located just five miles from downtown Boston, Bob's scouts discovered a Victorian-era house in a neighborhood of family homes on tree-lined streets that was past due for a full-scale renovation.

The home's new owners, a work-at-home family, have set goals to modernize the home's floor plan, update the building's mechanical and electrical systems, and add home office and work spaces for two busy professionals.