• Lead Paint Removal Testing

Before any full lead paint removal project begins it’s important to determine which product will work effectively to remove the current coatings that are on the substrate, this is called a lead paint removal test.

Step 1
By using masking tape we will create a 2 column grid and label each of the products we will use.

Column 1 is for a 48 hour dwell time.
Column 2 is for a 72 hour dwell time.

Step 2

We then apply samples of each of the products we intend to use on the substrate when removing the lead based paint.

Step 3

Once the test samples have been applied we then cover the samples with a special laminate paper which helps keep the samples moist for the required time along with protecting your family and little ones from coming into contact with the specialised lead paint removal stripping chemicals.

Step 4

After 48 hours we return to check and remove the first column. When removing the lead paint removal chemical it’s important for us to ascertain whether the lead paint coating is being removed back to a completely naked substrate.We call this a “clean strip” which generally will happen when there is a solid lead paint coating over the entire surface. When the existing coatings are “patchy” due to previous remedial attempts this will cause mixed results of “ clean strips” and “ corrupt strips”.
In the event that the first column is successful we remove both columns at the same time.

Step 5

Once the coating has been removed the timber will need to be cleaned a little better in order to remove any leftover residue and left over stubborn parts of the coating.

Step 6

By undertaking a lead paint removal test patch we are able to  ascertained which product works best, how long it needs to dwell for and the results we can expect when conducting a lead paint removal project.