Catherine Brooks, owner of Eco-Strip and a former board member of Lead Safe America, talks about safely dealing with lead paint during home renovation projects. She is joined by Duffy Hoffman, a nationally known, third generation painter and restoration craftsman who continues to suffer the irreversible side effects of his 2007 lead poisoning. The two window experts will discuss techniques, equipment, and proper safety precautions when dealing with lead paint during a home renovation project.

Below is a video of Catherine and Duffy in Duffy’s workshop:

Equipment recommended by Catherine and Duffy for dealing with lead paint safely:

  • Speedheater
  • Paint scraper: the sharper blades and pull-type scrapers not thin metal or plastic push scrapers like putty scrapers
  • Windows tool kit: specifically for removing dry, old paint and hard glazing putty from old windows
  • Water mister: for small area interior work, a handheld, plastic bottle with a mister pump is sufficient. For exterior work (when it is not very hot outdoors) a garden pump sprayer with the tube and hand wand works.
  • 3M N95 Particulate Respirator Dust Mask
  • 3M N100 Particulate Respirator

For any restoration work that involves using high heat guns to remove lead paint:

Environmental Protection Agency lead safe resources

The EPA has a comprehensive  lead safety resource for homeowners considering restoration projects in older homes that includes a comprehensive list of needed equipment.

Indow window inserts require no modifications to your original window frames, so an Indow insert installation will not disturb any lead paint that may be in your window frames.

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Catherine Brooks is owner of Eco-Strip. She has long been involved in creating healthy clean environments. Early in her career, she started one of the first recycling centers in Oregon. She later got an MBA and did private consulting for government agencies including the Occupational Health and Safety Administration. She is a window restoration expert with special knowledge of dealing with lead paint during renovation projects.

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Indow window inserts are interior storm panels designed to increase energy efficiency and comfort while preserving historic integrity by gently pressing into existing window frames. They simply press into place without a mounting bracket using our patented silicone Compression Tube. Always custom fabricated to fit out-of-square and special geometry windows, Indow inserts are ideal for beautiful historic windows.

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