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How To Paint Lead

Our 3-step guide below will show you how to paint lead, sealing the substrate to help prevent it from causing harm.

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The Benefits

Step 1. Surface Preparation

Step 2. Priming

Step 3. Decoration

More Information

Further Reading


Zinsser Paint Lead Products

Zinsser Mould Killer & Remover

Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3

Zinsser Perma-White Interior or Zinsser AllCoat Exterior Satin/Gloss

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The Benefits

Unprotected lead can cause harm if left unsealed – Zinsser products quickly seal lead surfaces, priming for decoration with Zinsser Perma-White Interior or Zinsser AllCoat Exterior Satin/Gloss in 350+ colours.

Zinsser listens to contactors and develops new products – or adds features to existing products – to meet their changing needs, delivering world class products that meet “real world” challenges, providing tried and tested solutions to painting problems, such as painting lead.

Step 1. Surface Preparation

The lead surface must be clean and dry, free from anything that could affect or interfere with the adhesion and application of the materials to be applied.

Remove all visible signs of organic growth, treating the area with Zinsser Mould Killer & Remover in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and allowing to dry.

Step 2. Priming

Prime the surface overall with one full coat of Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3, in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, and allow a minimum of 1 hour to dry in normal drying conditions.

Step 3. Decoration

To decorate interior lead surfaces, use two full coats of Zinsser Perma-White Interior Matt/Satin/Semi-Gloss in one of over 350 colours, in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

Allow a minimum of two hours drying time between coats.

For exterior projects decorate with two full coats of Zinsser AllCoat Exterior Satin/Gloss in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and allow a minimum of one hour drying time between coats. The paint is available in 350+ colours from RAL & BS shades.

More Information

If you require more advice on painting lead, give our technical team a call on 0113 2455450 (option 2) or send a message to [email protected].

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