Lead paint & heat guns

Old 01-05-04, 09:56 AM
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Lead paint & heat guns

I see a lot of threads advising against the procedure of removing lead paint with a heat gun and scraper. But when you read the EPA's or NY State's DOH's information it just states to keep the temp below 1100-degrees.

Am I missing something?

I'm about ready to unholster my Black & Decker.

Oh yeah.....Are the cheap lead paint test kits accurate?
Old 01-05-04, 11:32 AM
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Not really missing anything.

Plenty of ventilation and a dust mask should be plenty of protection. You don't want to set the paint on fire.

I imagine the test kits are accurate in that they test for the presence of lead, not the amount or degree of lead. Actually, you have to ingest a fair amount of lead to run any risk.

Actually, you would be uncomfortable in 1100 degrees.
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Be carefull if your using it on wood siding, their is a possibility of fire if you heat the wood up too much. I think thats more dangerous than the lead risk. If you sand the siding than you will have a problem with lead ingestion etc

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