Forum Title: Mitigating Lead paint on door and trim
I recently bought an old house and have found that there lead paint on the interior doors (closets, bedrooms, etc.) as well as the surrounding door frames and trim. I've painted over other lead paint in the house, but I've read that I will need to do something else to mitigate the problem on areas of constant friction like the doors. Replacing the doors is probably not financially viable right now, so I'm looking for an alternative. I was thinking of just lining the door and door frame edges with heavy duty gorilla tape to eliminate the paint on paint rubbing. Obviously this tape would have to stay there permanently, so I'm a little hesitant. Any thoughts?
Category: Windows & Doors Post By: MARGIE RAMSEY (Laguna Niguel, CA), 01/21/2019

No, that's not right. For one thing, the tabs are normally above the top of the door. Then there are two pieces of removable trim (one on each side of door) that hide them, but can be removed to adjust or remove the door. It looks to me like the slab was too tall for the opening and rather than trim it and hang it right they recessed the mounting brackets. Here's a link to some install instructions that show how it is usually done:

- LONNIE ZIMMERMAN (Vineland, NJ), 03/05/2019

Way over thinking this one. If the door is rubbing because there's so many layers of paint what's it going to do if you make a mess covering it with tape? The tapes just going to cause the door not to close. Only time lead paints going to be an issue is if a kid chews on it or it becomes air born from sanding.

- LEO BREWER (Lehi, UT), 02/03/2019

Encapsulate with a good quality paint should calm your concerns. If the doors hang, take them outside and plane them down. Use a good quality mask that is rated for lead paint and make sure the neighbor kids are not outside. To minimize dust, you can use a hand/power planer that will chunk the wood instead of powderize it. Then a universal oil based primer and top coat of your choice.

- AMY ALLEN (South Bend, IN), 02/06/2019

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