How to correctly remove lead paint

Removing Lead Paint

If your renovation or maintenance job is big or complicated, or you cannot obtain the right equipment to undertake the work safely, contact Bob De Groot painting contractors for an obligation free quote to safely remove lead paint using government recommended industry standard procedures.


Is my house likely to have lead paint?

Before 1970, paints containing high levels of lead were used in many Tasmanian homes. Even small amounts of exposure to dust or chips of paint containing lead can be a health risk.

There are many ways to remove lead-based paint but SOME METHODS OF REMOVING PAINT ACTUALLY INCREASE THE RISK OF LEAD EXPOSURE. It's important to reduce the hazards while creating as little lead dust as possible.


Handling Lead based paint

Lead-based paint is most likely to be found on window frames, doors, skirting boards, kitchen and bathroom cupboards, exterior walls, gutters, metal surfaces and fascias. It can also be found on interior walls, ceilings and areas painted with enamel paint.

If old paint is not handled properly, lead dust and paint chips can remain in the home or on the garden years after the work is completed.

Removing paint by, burning, scraping, or sanding creates the most serious danger.

Lead dust and paint chips can remain in the home or on the garden years after the work is completed.

For information about lead in existing paintwork and how to manage it see th Australian Government booklet t Lead Alert – The Six Step Guide to Painting Your Home.

This guide warns about the things not to do, including:

  • don't dry sand or dry scrape or use an ordinary power sander
  • don't sandblast
  • don't work outside on a wet or windy day
  • don't use an open flame torch or high temperature heat gun
  • don't eat, smoke or drink in the work area or with contaminated hands
  • don't allow children, pregnant or nursing women in a house or area where lead-based paint is being disturbed.

The danger of incorrect removal of lead paint

The following methods of paint removal are hazardous and in some cases illegal, and should NOT be used:

  • open flame burning or torching;
  • machine sanding or grinding without a HEPA attachment;
  • abrasive blasting or sand blasting;
  • power washing without a method to trap water and paint chips.

Lead removal will generate lead dust and debris. Unless the house is properly cleaned, it will be more hazardous after the work than it was before!


Use our professional lead paint removal services

Bob De Groot Painting Contractors are the Tasmanian agents for the Peelaway product. This product is used to safely contain lead paint and remove and correctly dispose of contaminated paint while also preparing the paint surface by stripping all previous layers of paint before new paint is applied.

The Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities has produced the booklet Lead Alert – The Six Step Guide to Painting Your Home, available free by calling 1 800 803 772.

Read more information here

There's an Australian Standard (AS 4361.2 Guide to Lead Paint Management; Part 2 Residential and Commercial Buildings) exclusively dedicated to the safe management and removal of lead paint.