LEAD PAINT REMOVAL WITH CHEMICAL PAINT STRIPPERS
One of the safest and most effective ways to remove lead paint is to use a chemical paint stripper. The EPA certification programs do not provide any training on the use of chemical paint strippers, but both EPA and OSHA list chemical stripping as an acceptable method of reducing exposure to lead dust. Chemical stripping is the preferred method of paint removal by many professionals where the surface needs to be protected such as historic restoration and boat bottom repairs. Tips for selecting a paint stripper:
You may encounter lead paint throughout a residential or commercial building, on furniture, industrial equipment, pipes, or boats and other marina equipment. Your goal may be to permanently remove the lead paint for safety or historic restoration or some other purpose. Different tools and removal methods may be appropriate for different scenarios, and you should include chemical paint strippers in your repertoire of lead paint removal methods. The right tools will help you become more effective and improve safety, which is essential on any lead paint removal job.
About the author: Daniel Webster is a lawyer in New York State and co-owner of Environmentally Helpful Products LLC which distributes LEAD-OUT® Paint Stripper. Visit their website for more information: www.leadoutpaintstripper.com