Painting old exterior clapboard siding

Old 03-01-00, 07:24 AM
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Ours is a 1920's bungalow that we assume has lead based paint somewhere in its many coats. Lots of cracking and peeling. What is the best way to remove these old layers? Suggestions have included: power washers, disc griders, chemicals. I have heard of some type of power sanders specifically for this application. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.
Old 03-02-00, 07:19 PM
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Dry removal methods for lead based paints is not a smart idea, nor is powerwashing. Powerwashing will send thousands of paint particles through the air, and the clean up will be a mess. Also, a powerwasher with sufficent force behind it for paint removal (without the assitance of a pre-wash chemical paint remover) will cut the underlying surface leaving wand marks or raised hairs on wooden surfaces.

If you intend to do-it-yourself (a vilotation of law in some U.S. states) a product such as Peel Away or a home made Lye paint remover would be better options. For more information contact the National Lead Information Center at 1-800-424-LEAD and check for existing State Lead Abatement Laws before you begin.

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