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can i paint over old lead paint to cure it?

Asked by professionalworkforce1, Los Angeles, CA Tue Mar 12, 2013

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Dorene Slavitz’s answer
Painting over old lead paint does not "cure" it. The lead paint is still there, under the layers of top coat. The main problem with it, is if it flakes, that's when it can produce particles. I recommend you take a look at the governments free booklet, regarding lead in your home. Make sure you understand everything about the issue before moving forward.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 16, 2013
If it is chipping and peeling NO.It will need to be removed otherwise flat walls yes.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 12, 2013
Painting over old lead paint, as long as it's in good condition, can "encapsulate" it... it doesn't actually CURE it... but once encapsulated, it's far less harmful.

Homes built after 1978 typically don't have lead based paint (that's the year they stopped making it)... but older homes, with lead based paint, hopefully have been over-painted many, many times since 1978, and the paint should be well encapsulated.

If you have to remove lead based paint, make sure you hire professionals who will handle it properly.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 12, 2013
Alan May, Real Estate Pro in Evanston, IL
Yes, you can paint over lead paint.
Yes, as an owner, you can legally chip and sand it.
The problems start when a licensed professional in involved; they have to follow the mandated procedures.
The problem with LEAD PAINT and ABSESTOS is when it gets into the air: You need to protect yourself.
You can probably GOOGLE the safeguards and procedures.
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