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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 9:31 am    Post subject: Paint Removal Comparison Reply with quote

The following is based on the hundreds of paint removal projects I have done over the past several decades, as a hands-on tradesman, contractor,building owner, and project advisor. I do not offer paint removal services nor do I sell paint removal products or accept any products from manufacturers or marketers.

Paint Removal Method Comparison

-Steam
Advantages
-no fire risk
-dampens wood (but will dry out)
-low materials cost (water)
-helps control lead health risk (damp process)
-moderate equipment cost
Disadvantages
-wood surface damage (avoided with proper scraping technique)

-Chemical
Advantages
-no fire risk
-helps control lead health risk (damp process)
-low equipment cost
Disadvantages
-chemical damage to wood surface
-high materials cost
-The Brown Ooze (with caustic chemicals left in joints)
-slow production rate

-Infrared Lamp
Advantages
-dry process (ready for next steps immediately)
-helps control lead health risk (limits dust & finely divided particles)
-fast production rate
Disadvantages
-high fire risk
-demands effective pro-active safety program
-high equipment cost
-difficult to control excessive heat

-Hot Air Gun
Advantages
-dry process (ready for next steps immediately)
-moderate production rate
-low equipment cost
Disadvantages
-high fire risk
-demands effective pro-active safety program
-difficult to control excessive heat
-difficult to control lead dust dispersal
-high lead-safe containment cost

-Vacuum Scrape
Advantages
-no fire risk
-dry process (ready for next steps immediately)
Disadvantages
-high equipment cost (HEPA vacuum, special scraper)
-slow production rate

-Damp Scrape

Advantages
-no fire risk
-helps control lead health risk
-low equipment cost
Disadvantages
-slow production rate

-Dry Scrape
Advantages
-no fire risk
Disadvantages
-high lead-safe containment cost
-slow production rate

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