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Working with Lead Paint

Are your windows or weatherboards bubbling? Chances are these are examples of lead-based paint

Most homes built throughout Melbourne before the 1970’s will have been painted with lead paint. This is toxic to both humans and pets particularly to young children.

As painters we need to ensure we don’t increase exposure to lead during painting preparation. We need to be able to paint over the old paint or remove it without creating dust or leaving paint chips in the garden for example. We must strictly follow safety guidelines to protect our painters, our clients and the general public from lead poisoning now or in the future.

Women at Work Painters is accredited in Safe Lead Paint & Asbestos Work Practices CPCCPD3031A.

This accreditation enables us to identify, remove and/or paint over lead paint following practices that do not create harm to the environment including disposal of old paint.

Systems we use to manage the process include:

  • testing for lead
  • sealing off work areas with plastic (which we later dispose of) where practical to do so
    taping up windows, vents etc to prevent any dust or residue leaving the work area
  • wet scraping and sanding of peeling paint so dust isn’t created
  • use of chemical paint strippers on areas where use of machinery is not practicable
  • use of power tools attached to an industrial dust extraction unit so old paint and dust is taken directly to the vacuum bag
  • use of a paint stripper tool that we have imported from the USA which removes paint from weatherboards and broad surfaces directly to our dust extraction unit

Lead Paint Removal – case study

This is an example of a recent lead removal project we undertook.

The client had started removing the paint from a window and part-way through realised it was probably lead paint. Lead tests came back positive.

He then called us (in a panic) to see if we could urgently help him resolve this issue as he had very young children and was concerned about them breathing in the lead dust.

We did the following:

  • taped up the inside of the window
  • lay plastic underneath the work area which we later disposed of
  • we removed paint using chemical paint stripper ensuring all old lead paint was collected into a container as we went
  • we sanded down the areas using our electric sanders attached to our industrial dust extractor
  • our painter wore a respirator, disposable overalls and gloves

This photo shows our painter sanding the window using an electric sander attached to our dust extractor machine. Note our painter is fully “kitted out” in disposable overalls and respirator and there is plastic underfoot to catch any miscellaneous paint chips etc although by this stage of the project there was no debris or dust.

This photo shows the finished product. The window has been stripped and sanded ready for painting.

We have also undertaken other larger projects where we have removed lead paint from weatherboards and other surfaces. We use specialised machinery to assist with these projects and will be able to assist you if you have lead paint that needs to be removed or painted over.

Please call us if you are concerned that you may have lead paint and need assistance.

Lead Paint Removal – case study 2

This is an example of house in Brighton where we stripped a lot of lead based paint prior to painting.

We focussed on the front and sides where the paint was unstable. Our client was concerned about her child being affected by lead so we needed to be careful to minimise any lead dust especially inside. We also needed to consider the health of our painters, clients and their neighbours.

When we stripped the paint we set-up an enclosed area to prevent any paint chips and dust from being blown everywhere – see our photos to the right.

The last photo shows the house after painting.

Please call us if you are concerned that you may have lead paint and need assistance.

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