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I was thinking about removing siding off an 1800's cottage that I'm 'de-constructing' and using some of it to re-side a shed on the property and selling the rest. However I'm not sure its wise to do, as the paint undoubtably contains lead.
For the boards I re-use, I would hand scrape (most of the paint falls off with little effort) using lead-containment practices. Then I'd 'pre-finish' with a spray coat of new paint to 'seal' any old paint. After I cut and nail them onto the shed, I'd give the boards a final coat of paint. (I'd accomplish these steps just wearing a respirator).
So questions are:
I like the idea of salvaging old material for new use....but is it worth it in this case? Will the siding on the shed still be considered a potential lead hazard unless I remove all the old paint? Is it practical to 'sell' old siding if I don't clean it up first?I can't imagine a selling price that would every cover my labor 'costs'...and don't even know if I could find someone to buy it anyway.