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The cost or price to removal lead based paint in the Brisbane area may change based on the different variables which may increase or decrease the overall cost of removing lead based paint.

When removing lead based paint the price includes full disposal of the lead based paint waste, all ground protection, chemical stripping product, technicians labour cost and clean up after paint removal.

The Process: (this is for a weatherboard house with large hardwood boards)

1. Mask off all ground area, window and applicable door openings
2. Assemble height access equipment
3. Apply lead based paint removal chemical
4. Scrap off
5. Apply second application to any stubborn areas
6. Clean up and bag all lead paint waste
7. Dispose of lead paint waste
8. Remove height access equipment
9. Finial clean up

Factors that could increase or decrease cost of removing lead based paint:

Possible additional cost of removing lead based paint:

1. In consistant test patch readings
2. Scaffolding required ( not planks and trestles but hard scaffold )
3. Internal paint removal
4. Detailed or delicate surfaces such as door frames or fire places
5. Pressed tin ceilings or VJ Ceilings
6. VJ Panel walls
7. Small projects

Possible decrease in cost of removing lead based paint:

1. Large broad surface areas
2. Travel costs.
3. Removal of windows or doors prior to stripping

Things to consider:
Lead based paint removal is a fair intensive and costly exercise however, when done properly should be seen as restorative works to an older property which the return of investment will be had over 10+ years as when painted with modern paint coatings will last 10+ years without the need of repainting. This in turn increases the overall value of the properly.

Price To Remove Lead Based Paint

$6,000 – $10,000 : Post war home on stumps full coating removal of weatherboards
$15,000 – $22,000 : Full coating removal of two story queenslander style highest home
$110 Per Sqm : Is the average cost to remove lead based paint from broad wall areas.
$350.00 : General price to strip an old door – must be stripped off site
$150.00 : General price to strip an old casement window – must be stripped off site


The iconic Queenslander home is a statement to the Brisbane heritage it depicts style, elegance and class among modern style homes. One of the many concerns homeowners face when owning a queenslander is maintenance.

When painting traditional queenslanders it’s common for us find many small issues that do tend to compound and if not addressed will create more problems down the road. The list below will help ensure your renovation or painting work is done to the best possible standard:

Rusted nails – Weatherboards are nailed into the sub frame and when the paint that protects the timber and more importantly the nails is no longer there, you will find that nails tender to rust. The rust once prepared properly can be painted over however will require a specialised coating to spot the rust from coming through your new paint work.





Reputtying – Older sash and casement windows originally had a linseed oil putty applied around the glazing. Over time this putty becomes brittle and falls apart. When repainting older sash and casement windows it’s important that all deteriorated putty is removed and reapplied.

Rubbing Windows – Older casement or sash windows that are known to stick, rub or just won’t open properly should be addressed prior to the painting process. Generally we enlist a carpenter which will inspect and adjust these items as required prior to our painters arrival.

Rotting Weatherboards – It’s critical that all rotted timber ideally be replaced, sure some areas where water rot has taken place can be dug out and treated however in the long term the most cost effective option is to replace any rotted weatherboards.

Staircases & Balustrades – This one ties into the rotting weatherboards but also addressed exterior timber staircases & balustrades. It’s important that the stair treads, hand rails and posts are in good condition. Look for rusted nails in the balustrade as well!

Exterior Mould & Grime – By washing the house down regularly will keep the current paint in good condition but the main thing it will do is remove and mould and grime. When the house is clean it’s easier to see what needs attention.
We a traditional Queenslander has just been painted with the right colour scheme it completely transforms the property and increases the value! Whilst all this is great it’s important to remember attention the detail, the job needs to be done properly. So that being said, if the windows are rubbing, the weatherboards are still rotted and the painter has painted over mould and grime then it’s fair to say to have all this fixed will cost more in the long run.


We recently asked a group of painters on one of the social media groups we belong too tell us a few things they wish they could tell their customers before starting a painting project.

The question we asked was:

If you could tell customers one or two things that would enable the project to move along smoothly, what would it be?

(their answers as as follows and are unedited, names have been hidden to protect the painters) Read More