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If the paint isn't peeling then all you have to do is lightly sand the surface if it's a glossy finish
Actually a better option would be to use a de-glosser
it is peeling in many areas, but as you know, once you start scraping its hard to know when to stop
and when i get below the top couple coats im afraid im exposing lead paint
If it's peeling in many areas then the only safe option is to have a certified lead paint removal contractor de-lead what you want to paint
There is no way that you can safely deal with lead painted surfaces
yikes, that propably isnt cheap
It depends, and you should get a few quotes from different contractors. But the cost is relative given the potential health hazards
and i shouldnt try to remove it myself?
or to paint over it?
It takes a lot of training to learn how to properly remove lead paint. You could paint over it but given your description I don't see that as feasible. Also when you go to sell the house you will need a lead certificate in most States
The peeling paint has to be removed for the new coat to adhere properly
what do i do on the walls, that cant be removed can it?
Lead paint can also be en-capsulized with a specialized paint made for this purpose but this paint is usually only available to certified lead removal contractors. You still need to scrape the peeling paint even with the encapsulation paint. So the proper precautions still need to be taken.
all right, maybe time to call a professional removal company
Better to play it safe especially if there are kids in the house