hello. i am about to repaint the trim in my hallway. I do know that
there is a layer of lead paint with a coat or two of latex paint. so,
i am thinking that snding is out of the question. Would the procedure
be to wash down with a cleaner then use a deglosser.. then prime and
Baseboards? Take them outside and massage them with paint remover.
This will also provide an opportunity to fill the dings and otherwise tune
them up. Hint: Don't remove the nails after you pry loose the boards. Cut
the nails instead.
Depends on how deep you want to get into this job and how many feet
of base you;re talking about.
If the lead is covered with a couple layers of latex & you scuff
sand / lightly sand with 220 or 180....I wouldn't owrry about the
If you want the rid the house of lead (eventually) ....
either pull base & strip or pull the base & replace with new (MDF is
cheap & paints up well...pine or doug fir is stronger)
as HeyBub recommends.......leave the nails in the base & cut them as
flush as possible on the back face.....minimizes damage
I've been faced with similar issue, but didn't test the old, hard enamel
for lead...latex on top of hard enamel will not sand; it will peel and
roll off. I did peel latex from a number of doors, only because it came
off in fairly large sheets, due to the door being dirty when painted. Ugh!
I would use spackle to fill deep scratches and gouges, after thorough
cleaning with favorite household cleaner. Prime. Paint. We had
contractor for our most recent "cover the bad news project" and that was
what he recommended and, ultimately, did. I'm careful not to run the
sweeper into the woodwork, so it goes well.
Some have rec. taking off the trim and stripping it. If it is modern,
cheap stuff, it would likely be less expensive and a whole lot quicker
to just replace it.
Chris, unless you have kids or pets knawing the baseboards, I wouldnt worry
that there's lead paint under it.
If you do worry about the lead though, it leaches into the wood so you have
to replace it to be totally rid of it. Mostly though you just strip it
(chemical or sander) then repaint with a non-lead paint.
Lead paint wont infuse your house with nasties, unless you eat it as it
How big is the hallway? Cheapest least painful solution may be to rip
out the trim and replace with fresh stock. If you are worried about
lead, of course.
Replacement would be my first choice on any trim with multiple coats of
paint, lead or no lead. Not a fan of painted trim anyway, but that is
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