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Re: China cabinet

Posted By: James Schooley <furnitureissues@earthlink.net> (0-1pool246-209.nas2.sioux-city1.ia.us.da.qwest.net)
Date: 3/2/5 22:54

In Response To: China cabinet (Kelly Cassell)

First, do no harm. The best thing would be to determine if the paint is covering the original stain and finish. If you are going to work off the paint, then you will want to take it all off and refinish the entire piece. If the paint was original then vacuum off as much paint as possible, then using a hepa filter mask sand the chipped paint smooth, prime and repaint with oil base paint. The old paint is most likely lead if it dates prior to 1950, a test kit can be purchased at most paint or hardware stores. That is why you will need a safty mask to keep your lungs lead free. Keep the dust away from your living quarters, a mop can be the best way to keep the dust from inside your living quarters. The vacuum bag should go into the trash and not back into use in your home or work area. On second thought why not strip it after all, since the remaining lead paint will be on the piece just below the new paint. The legs should be repaired to the original legnth. If it's worth doing it's worth doing right.

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