Lead Paint Removal

Lead paint removed from a pedestrian bridge.

Lead paint removed from a pedestrian bridge.




Combine removal, containment and final packaging into a one-step process using Pentek’s complete lead paint abatement system. The fully integrated process reduces or eliminates the need for worker respiratory protection by reliably reducing hazardous dust emissions far below regulatory requirements.



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A VAC-PAC® with four Corner-Cutters®

Dust and debris are captured at the painted surface and automatically transported directly into 55-gallon disposal drums in a dustless operation. The need for engineered containment and ventilation systems is completely eliminated.

No chemicals or abrasive blast media is added to the waste stream, since the process is completely mechanical. The bare minimum of hazardous waste is generated, reducing disposal costs. A single drum can fit up to 2,500 square feet of project surface (about 40 apartments).

Lead paint removal is a highly regulated process. The Pentek system helps meet compliance with OSHA, EPA, RCRA and SSPC. See our compliance page for in-depth information.

Pentek Goes to Jail

Riker's Cell BlockThe New York City Department of Corrections uses a multi-tool VAC-PAC® model 24A system to peform lead abatement at its’ Rikers Island facility. Pentek developed and manufactured special Corner-Cutter® shrouds to surround the bars as they are cleaned, keeping the toxic paint chips from escaping.

Kanehoe, Hawaii

HawaiiMetropolitan Painting in Kanehoe, Hawaii handles surface maintenance for Chevron Oil tanks. This painting contractor based on the island of Honolulu purchased a four port VAC-PAC® system complete with Roto-Peen Scalers and Corner-Cutters® to handle lead based paint and surface preparation during maintenance shut downs. The crew manager made the long trip from Kaneohe to Pentek’s facility near Pittsburgh, Pa. to take advantage of the invaluable operation and maintenance training offered at no charge to Pentek’s customers.

Saving the Laysan Albatrosses

Midway AtollLast fall the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service replenished their supplies of consummable media and spare parts for their VAC-PAC® system. USFW maintains the National Wildlife Refuge at Midway Atoll, where an extensive lead abatement project is in progress on the former Navy buildings. Nearly two million birds call it home for much of each year, including the world’s largest population of Laysan Albatrosses, or “gooney birds.”