Dealing with Lead Paint
Wanting to make our efforts in restoring wooden windows a safe and trouble free environment, we have adopted a method I first saw in a New England operation. The moisture created in the steam chamber as it loosens the grip of old paint and glazing has proven to fit well as a first step in our restoration process. We no longer breath significant amounts of lead dust nor absorb the loose dust through our skin.
At the job site, sash are removed with a minimum of disturbance to the paint and since we take them to the shop for steaming and stripping, we reduce the likelihood of lead paint being left in the home. This was a major consideration in developing the methods we use. The stripper used is neutralized by water which makes the sash ready for paint upon drying. Any asbestos which may have been a part of glazing material is dealt with similarly.