Encapsulating old chipping, failing, cracking and or lead paint using the LeadLock System. (If you can paint, you can do this)
Complexity Rating: 1 Cost Rating: 2
We err on the side of caution since the home was built before 1978. You should always assume any home built before 1978 has lead paint.
Lead paint dust and chips are a problem particularly for small children. Toddlers are most likely to pick things up and put in their mouths, or to chew on windowsills. It also harms their bodily system more if they ingest it than it does for an adult.
Lead paint that is not failing can not be ingested. Encapsulating is the cleanest treatment. I invested in what I believe is the best failing-paint encapsulating product. You can also treat exposed interior bricks with it to hold mortar seams together. The system cost roughly $450 including shipping for two five-gallon buckets. That was the minimum order for this industrial grade product. It is nice to have it on hand.
We treated some failing paint in the basement with The LeadLock system. Since the wall was painted prior to 1978, we want to play it safe. Application caused no mess, no dust, was a great way to seal the old paint.
You will be left with a rough surface, since you are rolling over the existing paint. We call that rough surface “charm of an old home”.
PrepLess primer is so tough that the brushes and rollers can not be cleaned afterwards.
“Applying the LeadLock™ system is considered a standard painting practice and an approved contractor is not necessary.” – Encasement.com
Here is another project using this system on an old masonry wall.
“Most states require that anyone who does work intended to reduce or remove lead hazards (lead abatement) must be trained and certified by the appropriate local, state or federal agency. Removing lead paint is very dangerous because it produces paint chips, dust, and fumes that contain lead. Covering lead paint can also cause dangerous levels of lead dust. Exceptions: The law makes an exception for homeowners. Homeowners do not have to be trained or certified to remove lead paint from their homes. The exception only applies to a four unit dwelling or less that the homeowner owns and lives in.” – Encasement.com
“Typically, any building constructed before 1978 may contain lead-based paint. The only way to know for sure is to have the paint tested by a professional using either a lead access test or an XRF gun (X-ray Fluorescence).” – Encasement.com