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Lead Paint Removal

Lead Paint removal service by Let's Clean

Let’s Clean Pty. Ltd. specialises in lead paint abatement, both in the private sector as well as in the preservation of Heritage Listed government assets.

Price on request.

CHEMICAL STRIPPING

We use a combination of two products to achieve the standard required by the client/heritage architect, namely, 600GL (SoyGel) Professional Paint & Urethane stripper, a 100% biodegradable, non-caustic and non-hazardous gel made from soybeans and Heritage No.1 Natural Paint Remover, a poultice-type, water-based, non-toxic product.  We are the representatives for Franmar Chemical, U.S.A. for the 600GL (SoyGel) and manufacture the Heritage No.1 in Sydney as well as equipment such as the JOS System, BlueVac and BlueSpider Captive Water Washing equipment and others.

METHOD

The most suitable product is brushed or trowelled onto the surface, if required on a hot sunny day we cover the area with thin mill plastic and allow to the stripper to react with the existing coating.  The mixture of paint and stripper is then scraped and brushed off and the area treated, washed with water. The product is applied wet and removed moist thus avoiding dry, airborne matter like lead flakes to float around the building or garden.
The resulting solid waste is collected and stored in 20-litre containers with lids and removed from site for responsible hazardous waste disposal.  The surface stripped is washed using the BlueVac. This system washes and vacuums in a single action, pumping the liquid waste into 200-litre drums in readiness for collection by an Environment Protection Authority accredited carrier and disposed off to a Hazardus Waste collection depot.
The work is carried out as per AS 4361.2 – 1998 Guide to Lead Paint Management, Part 2: Residential and Commercial Buildings.

JOS / ROTOSOFT

The JOS / Rotosoft System can be described as a kind of jet blasting in the broadest sense of the word but it is one that converts and transforms the energy from a jet into rotating energy by means of specially constructed nozzles.
This type of cleaning technology is based on low pressure, rotating vortex and works on variable air pressure (5-55psi).  Water induced into the jet can be precisely regulated within the range of 10-60 litres per hour and extremely fine granulate selected exactly to suit the low pressure technique.  Compressed air is used to create a rotating vortex of air, water and granulate in the nozzle, cleaning without causing damage to brickwork, joints, etc.

PROVIDED

We provide the following:

  • Expert manpower – Fully trained in the abatement of lead-based paint
  • Materials – All paint stripping products and associated items (eg: PPE)
  • Plant and Equipment – BlueVac System with automatic pump-out facility, JOS System, etc.
  • Material Safety Data Sheets – As found in www.letsclean.com.au
  • Purpose-written Safe Work Method Statement – Once site visited and inspected.

All personnel involved in lead abatement procedures undergo blood lead-testing in accordance with the N.S.W. O.H.&S. regulations. Let’s Clean Pty Ltd will instruct other trades on site on the precautions and requirement involved when carrying out the stripping of lead paint, should it be necessary. Let’s Clean Pty Ltd have extensive experience in lead-abatement procedures and are a Registered Lead-Safe Contractor with the Master Painters Association of Australia, holding certificates on Lead Paint Management from Macquarie University and Standards Australia.

DISCLAIMER

The information herewith provided is based on Environment Protection Authority and Local Government guidelines that apply in New South Wales and all other states of Australia.

SUMMARY

It is difficult to ascertain the correct procedure to follow when paint stripping without first carrying test samples. What works on concrete, without causing any damage, may not necessarily be the right approach when stripping timber or brickwork. Legislation on the stripping of lead paint may differ from state to state as well as Wage Awards. Degree of difficulty will also have to be taken in consideration when providing a quotation.

HAZARD OF LEAD

Lead is a substance that is toxic to humans and has no known beneficial biological function. Clinical lead poisoning has long been known to medicine, and lead is now recognised to have a detrimental effect on IQ, neuro-motor functions and behaviour, especially in children, even at low levels in the body. As our knowledge increases, the acceptable limit for lead in humans is constantly being lowered. Stricter controls on the release of lead to the environment are being promulgated via regulatory authorities. Lead has been used in many industries and has become widely dispersed in our environment, especially in cities from motor vehicle emissions. After petrol, one of the main sources of lead pollution and lead poisoning is from its use in paints. Residual lead paint on industrial and civil structures is a potential source of environmental pollution, and lead paint in old buildings and dwellings is one of the most common sources of elevated blood-lead levels in children.

Because lead is cheap and useful, it is found in many products and in many places in the environment. Lead can affect anybody, but children under the age of four and pregnant women are most at risk. Lead can affect children by causing learning and attention problems, hearing loss, slowed growth and behaviour problems. Lead can affect adults too. Low levels of exposure can cause joint and muscle pain, high blood pressure and infertility. Higher revels can cause memory loss, nerve problems and, at very high levels, fits. Lead gets into our bodies when we breathe in lead dust and fumes in air, or if we eat food or drink water that contains lead. Children can rapidly pick up lead through normal hand to-mouth activity. Small amounts can gradually build up in the body and cause health problems.

WHY IS LEAD IN PAINT?

Most Australian houses built before 1970 contain lead paint. Some types of paints manufactured before 1970 contained up to 50% lead. The recommended amount of lead in domestic paint declined from 50% to 1% by 1965. In 1992, it was reduced to 0.25%, and in 1997 it was further reduced to 0.1%. Prior to 1970 lead was used as a drying agent, as colouring (often white, red, orange, yellow and scarlet) and to protect iron from rusting. Lead paint has thus been used extensively in Australian buildings.

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