No — spray paint is typically painted with paint thinner or a solvent, which removes the lead from the paint (see “What Is Paint Thinner and What Is Solvents?” below). However, lead can still be found on paint — it’s part of every paint used in construction, for example.
Why is lead in paint?
Lead can have many uses — sometimes, it’s used to paint the finished floor (it will absorb the lead, making paint thinner more effective). Lead has been found on old furniture, some old metal utensils, metal food cans, and some old metal signs and jewelry.
How can I protect my children from lead?
Children have a higher risk of ingesting lead than adults because they inhale contaminated dust and dirt from the air. A lead-contaminated environment may increase the child’s exposure to lead, but it won’t eliminate it completely. Children should be tested regularly for lead in their blood and blood lead levels should be measured several months after exposures.
Where can I get professional help on lead exposure?
You can contact an occupational health office or local health department for help, in states where lead hazard abatement and testing is performed. Contact information for health departments are provided in the “Where to Get Help” section on this page.
I heard that lead paint can be used on old plumbing pipes, can lead paint stain windows, etc.?
Lead paint can cause significant damage to water pipes. Lead paint is primarily used on pipes and fixtures — it won’t harm other building materials. Lead paint doesn’t require a special application to make it work on plumbing. But, the lead paint must be installed with a suitable coating. The coatings include:
water-based or silicone-based paints
glass or metal roofing
plaster, which can contain lead
Where can I get more information about lead paint?
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has information on lead paint at this link.
What is an appropriate coating?
Lead paint is usually safe for most wood materials. The only exceptions are lead-based paint that contains lead-impregnated paint thinner (which is more dangerous than lead paint). Lead paint made with lead-based paint thinners must be coated with an appropriate coating. A paint coating includes:
t-coating (a coat that protects the surface of the metal from being scratched)
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