What to do About Lead Paint on Siding
I have a 1955 house that probably has lead in the exterior paint in the 7″ clapboard. (I’m waiting on the test results.) The paint is peeling. It seems my options are:
(1) REMOVE THE LEAD PAINT. This seems extremely labor-intensive if I do it myself and incredibly costly if I hire it out.
(2) REMOVE THE SIDING AND LANDFILL IT, then install brand-new siding. Lots of flaking paint will get loose this way despite my best efforts.
(3) INSTALL NEW SIDING OVER THE EXISTING SIDING. (I’m thinking T1-11.). The cheapest approach, but I don’t know if this is kosher. The existing paint on the original layer will continue to peel, and possibly fall down through the cracks to the ground and lead to contamination. (No pun intended.) (Okay, maybe a little.) I know I’d have to be careful with flashing the windows.
(4) PREP THE SIDING AND PAINT OVER IT. My understanding is: Wear P-100 mask and disposable suit, catch all shavings on tarps, do not pressure-wash afterwards. This would probably be my choice if I can’t side over the existing siding.
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