Paint Removal

Removing paint safely

Paint is a tasteful way to add color to any surface, as well as protect it from the elements. However, not all paint is desirable. Lead paint is a health hazard, and paint spills, graffiti and old paint are unsightly. Luckily, there are a large number of high-quality services and products that can quickly and easily remove unwanted paint from almost any surface.

Paint Removal Products

Any hardware store will offer a great range of paint removal products, but it is important to choose the best one for the job. Consulting an employee of the hardware store is usually best, especially if they work in the paint department. Most paint removal products are just solvents that will dissolve the paint, and they are generally flammable and should be used in well-ventilated areas. If possible, bring in some unused paint as an example, as it will be easier to find a solvent to remove the paint if the type of paint is known.

Graffiti Removal

Graffiti is an extreme problem, especially in inner city areas, and as such, steps to remove the graffiti should be taken as quickly as possible. Luckily, almost all spray paints use the same solvent mixture, so spray paint remover will easily deal with most graffiti problems. Special equipment may be needed to apply the solvent in hard-to-reach areas, as well as to clean up when the job is done. Because of this, there are many graffiti removal services that can be hired to deal with particularly large or cumbersome projects. They are particularly good at removing long-standing graffiti, such as that found at an abandoned property that becomes reoccupied.

Lead Paint Removal

Lead paint remediation is a common problem in older buildings. Lead paint should not be removed by anyone but trained professionals because it is very toxic and is considered hazardous waste. It has been linked to brain damage in both children and adults. All buildings with paint more than 30 years old should be tested and inspected for lead. If the paint does in fact contain lead, it is highly suggested that a professional crew be hired to remove it as soon as possible.

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Hardware and even paint stores don't know about the advantages of infrared paint removal; they only stock chemicals and sanders. Lots of gooey messes, chemical burns, or toxic dust. Eco-Strip is the largest US distributor of a safe, easy to use, cost effective method.
Posted on 11/10/2011 5:22:00 PM by Anonymous
It is not true that old, pre-1978, lead-based paint should only be removed by professionals. DIY homeowners can do it safely as long as they use lead-safe work practices (see www.epa.gov/lead) and use low heat Speedheater and not high heat guns. Yes, lead paint waste is hazardous material, but one can easily learn how to contain and dispose of it.
Posted on 11/10/2011 5:19:00 PM by Anonymous