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Old 11-05-07, 08:23 PM
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Lead Paint

Does anyone have experience with paints designed to encapsulate old lead paint, such as childguard. How does it compare to normal paint? Can it provide a nice hard surface for a window sill, like the old oil paint it would be covering? How is it in terms of texture/firmness, durability, washability, mildew resistance, etc. Any particular brand recommended?
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Old 11-06-07, 09:15 AM
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In my mind, dealing with lead paint is NOT a DIY job. Call a pro and they can lay out your options, which unfortunately will probably not be cheap.

If you try and deal with it yourself and mess up, you could be in big trouble with whoever buys your house. One reason professional lead abatement is so expensive is the insurance they must carry.

On the plus side, the fact you had a pro deal with it will dampen a lot of concerns any future buyer may have, far more so than with a DIY job.

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Are you wanting to cover up lead paint or just looking for a hard durable paint?
 
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I am interested in lead encapsulation paints simply because I have an old house -- so I assume some of the earlier layers of paint were leaded. While I do hope to hire a professional, I have not been able to find any in our area that are familiar with the special encapsulating paints like childguard. I would prefer a hard durable paint since it will be on 16 inch deep window sills and I prefer it can support plants without indenting. Thank you.
 
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Old 11-06-07, 07:12 PM
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If old double hung windows?....Replace! Otherwise you have no worry with lead paint unless you disturb it with sanding, friction, peeling and blistering.
 
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You might want to consider using peel-away to remove the old layers of paint.
 
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