Textured paints aren’t new to the construction industry. In fact, they’ve been used for hundreds of years. But between 1900 and 1980, they were even more popular for adding interesting effects to walls. They also added the extra risk of exposure to asbestos since many textured paints were made with this toxic mineral, which has been proven to cause a number of serious diseases like lung cancer, asbestosis, and mesothelioma.
Textured paint was used quite frequently from the 1960s through the 1970s. The asbestos in this and other products becomes hazardous when dust and fibers from it get into the air where they can be swallowed or inhaled. Textured paint is a hazard first when it is originally applied to the walls or ceilings. It is either applied with a paint sprayer or rolled on with textured rollers. This process sent tiny droplets of the paint into the air. The risk of ingesting asbestos was quite high for painters.
Another way that textured paint that contains asbestos is a hazard is when it starts to peel and deteriorate in other ways. Chips of textured paint are often friable, which means that it can be easily crumbled by hand. During home remodeling or renovation is another time that old asbestos paint can be disturbed, allowing fibers to be released into the air.