One of the safest and most effective ways to remove lead paint is to use a paint stripper. Tips for selecting a paint stripper:
- No methylene chloride. A common paint stripper is methylene chloride, which is toxic and dangerous. When it combines with lead paint, poisonous lead fumes are created. The EPA and many consumer and environmental groups recommend steering clear of methylene chloride.
- Thickness. To help contain the lead paint waste and make clean up easier, choose a thick stripper. These strippers will be described as a gel, semi-paste, or paste.
- Chemical Containment. The ideal paint stripper for lead paint removal will contain a special additive that reacts with the lead at the molecular level rending the lead paint non-hazardous. This is the safest removal method possible as it creates a chemical containment of the lead so that it does not leach out of the paint and into its surrounding environment.
LEAD-OUT® Paint Stripper is a top-of-the-line lead paint removal system. We combined the EPA "SITE" (Superfund Innovative Technology Evaluation) proven technology, Molecular Bonding System or MBS, with an industrial strength, biodegradable, soy-based, gel paint stripper to create LEAD-OUT® Paint Stripper. When the two components are combined it creates a thick semi-paste. LEAD-OUT does not contain methylene chloride. The MBS powder reacts with lead at the molecular level to create permanent containment of the lead molecules rendering the paint waste safe for you and the environment.