Due to the various issues associated with lead paint, we often see people reaching out and asking questions about sealing lead paint on furniture so they are able to keep the paint but make it as safe as possible. Due to the various issues with lead paint, we usually recommend against using it or keeping it on any existing surfaces but we understand the people do like some of the unique colors lead paint offers.
Due to this, we have decided to publish this article going over how you can seal lead paint on furniture to try and help as many of our readers as possible. Keep in mind, there are a number of potential health issues when working with lead paint so you have to take them into account and take the required precortions prior to moving forward.
In addition to this, the majority of brands don’t support using lead paint anymore so they have very few products on the market that can actually work well and offer you optimal performance with lead paint. This can cause some problems for anyone looking to seal lead paint, especially on furniture as the products you have available really are limited.
How To Seal Lead Paint On Furniture!
To seal lead paint on furniture, you will have to use a sealing agent over the top of your lead paint. There are a number of suitable sealing agents on the market that you can use that work well with lead paint and will allow you to quickly and easily seal it on most surfaces.
The problem is that most of the popular sealing agents that do work well with lead paint will not work well when used on furniture, especially wood furniture. This is why you will usually have to resort to a lead paint sealer if your furniture is wood and this is an actual paint formula rather than a clear coat formula.
Although it can seal lead paint well, it will often totally cover the lead paint and replace it with the color of the paint sealer. As the main reason that we see people wanting to use a lead paint is the unique colors that it can offer, it kind of defeats the purpose.
How Do You Seal Lead Painted Furniture?
To seal lead painted furniture, ensure that the lead paint is dry and clean and then apply your sealing agent over the lead paint. Both brush and spray applied sealants can work well and are very easy to use for beginners.
The two main mistakes that we see beginners making time and time again is that they try to seal wet or dirty paint. This causes a number of issues with the sealing agent and usually results in a poor end result. As this can quickly and easily be avoided by ensuing that your lead paint is fully dry and that it is clean, you can usually avoid making this same mistake.
Although the spray based sealing agents do tend to be easier to use for most people, finding one that works well with lead paint and wood furniture can be a pain these days. That’s why we usually recommend that you go with a lead paint sealer that is applied via a brush as it is one of the only options that can still work well.
Can You Put A Regular Sealer Over Lead Paint?
We would not recommend that you use a sealant designed for use with acrylic or oil based paints over a lead paint as the product has not been designed to work with it. You should always use a sealing agent that has been specifically designed to work with lead based paint for the best possible performance.
A normal sealer that has been designed to work with acrylic or oil based paint may not offer any protection to lead based paint anyway so can potentially be a waste of time and money. On top of that, a sealer that has not been designed for use with lead based paint will probably not offer any protection against he health hazards of lead based paint either.
Although the majority of our readers will probably not have access to the industrial level sealing agents that are available to people with the correct paper work, there are some excellent products on the market for professionals. These tend to work very well with lead based paint on furniture and depending on how much furniture you have that has lead paint on it, may present a better option than going with a high street sealant.
Should You Seal Or Remove Lead Paint?
Due to the health hazards that lead paint presents to most people, it is usually recommended that you remove lead paint and replace it with a more modern paint formula. That said though, removing lead paint can present its own health hazards so it is usually better that you have a specialist do the work for you.
Specialist companies will have all of the required breathing equipment to allow them to safely remove the lead paint from your furniture. They will also have the correct clean up equipment to ensure that all of the lead paint that spreads around the room during the removal process is removed from your home after the process too.
This ensures that the process will be done correctly and to the highest possible standards for you. We would not recommend that the average person attempts to remove lead paint though due to the various potential hazards and the lack of specialist equipment most people will have access too.
That brings our article going over how to seal lead paint on furniture to an end. We hope that you have found our article helpful and that we have been able to offer you the advice you need to safely seal or remove the lead paint from your furniture. Although some people do choose to stick with the lead paint, it is usually a better option to just remove it and be done with it these days.