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Lead Paint removal

Posted By: Leslie Hurubean
Wednesday, 11 April 2001, at 1:37 p.m.

Hi. We own a old house built in 1919. The woodwork is painted. When we first moved in we removed alot of the 10 layers of paint on the woodwork. We used razor blades and scrapers. My husband insists on keeping the original stain on the woodwork. the paint is coming off in chunks because it was painted of original varnish. The majority we did get off. I was concerned at first about the paint which because of the age of the house is lead-based. My husband insisted it was fine to remove it as long as we didn't sand it, etc. It has been half removed for a year and a half - Are we in any kind of poisioning danger. We did just buy a heat gun and a product called "Peel Away" to begin to remove the remainder of the paint. I must be honest,though, we only wore respirators half the time and our skin was exposed to the chips of paint. This was over a year and a half ago. I intend to get pregnant within the next 2 years - am I endangering myself? I just read alot of info on it. Now I'm terrified. We can not afford to have a company come in and remove the paint. We intend to finish this project this summer - should we? Any suggestions? Help!

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