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Lead Paint

I live aboard my Islander Bahama 24. It is a 1968 boat. I think the interior paint may be lead painted over with a layer of latex. What are peoples suggestions? Get it tested? Lead abatement? Paint over it?

It needs an aesthetic change anyway, so I may paint over it with a white (titanium oxide) oil paint. Another idea is to install a cedar ceiling.

Any ideas?
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Lead Paint

If the paint is sound, not flaking or peeling or powdery, then it is not a hazard unless you chew on it. If you want to get it tested you can probably find a county or state agency that does that as a public service.

Lead's most bad for kids who are developing. Not so bad for adults. I remeber chewing the paint of the window sill when I was a tot in the project way back when lead paint was the standard in house paint. I later worded on a drydock in the Navy where we sandblasted lead-based paints off submarines. I turned out ok. Oh yeah, leaded gas used to spew lead into the air in the cities too. Now mercury on the other hand ...

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they sell lead paint test kits at home depot. honestly i would not worry about it unless its falling off, if it is only scrap dont sand anything that loose
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