Gloss lead paint

18 Mar 2016
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United Kingdom
In my house the wood has all been painted with a gloss lead paint. The doors, the skirting and the windows.

I know I cant paint directly over the gloss and I dont want to sand it because of the dust and with it being lead paint. I have seen a few people recommend primers but wondered what people here would suggest.

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What makes you think it is lead paint?

It would be prior to 1978
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Lead is a cumulative poison; it should be a serious concern if you’re a professional who is exposed to it every day, but as a one-off DIY job you don’t need to worry as much. (Unlike asbestos.) Many of us have been exposed to lead from petrol fumes or lead water pipes. Personally, I would not worry about some light hand sanding of lead paint if needed to make the new paint stick - preferably wet or with dust extraction.

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