Updated on 19 October, 2021
D-Lead Paint is used in the US to protect buildings from lead paint hazards. This paint was created in 1978. Before this time no other paint or coating had been found to be lead contaminated. The D-Line paint contains no lead, no toxic chemicals and no residual toxins. This makes it one of the safest paints on the market today.
The D-Line Paint Test Kit ( PAT Testing) detects the presence of lead based on its color grade. Its color scale is based on the observation that a lead paint color is indistinguishable from other pigments if it is less than or equal to cadmium. The PAT testing system is available in both self-monitoring and professional versions. For the self-monitoring test, a sample of paint or designated area is first moistened in tap water.
The user then inserts the chosen color into the test page and the kit will generate a percentage match between the selected colorant and the sample area. There is also a special test known as 'pink ball' that can be used in D-Line paint test kits. A small amount of paint is then inserted into a designated area of the paint mix. A pink ball is then flushed against the area and a percentage match is generated.
Both kits provide detailed information about the test results. The kits also have instructions for users to follow at home. For further information on lead paint testing, you can contact the National Lead Program, MSDS and FDA. They are the regulatory bodies that set the acceptable levels of lead paint testing for qualified laboratories and companies. They also offer valuable information on the safe use of these kits and offer a Certificate of Limitation.
An alternative way to test for lead is to purchase an eIT lead paint test kit. An eIT kit works by using a fluorescent dye coupled with a column. The sample is injected into the column travels through the column to generate a percentage match. This method differs from the BTT or blood bath method of determining lead levels since blood baths depend on the constant turnover of blood in the area. The eIT lead paint test kit is more affordable than the BTT.
Before purchasing an eIT lead paint test kit for your home, you should consider the pros and cons of both. You should also research the company offering the kit to ensure that it has received a certification from a nationally recognized third party agency. It is important to know that not all third-party agencies are equally qualified in ensuring accuracy.
Although the cost of testing for lead paints is greater than for standard BTT, it may be cheaper in the long run because of the extra time and inconvenience. When your home is painted, the old paint is removed and the fresh, new paint is applied. A great deal of time is spent on the preparation of the house before the painting and therefore an additional amount of time is spent on testing. If the old paint is found to contain lead-based paint, then your house could be contaminated. You could have lead in your drinking water, your household dust, or even your children's toys. If the new paint contains lead-based paint, then your family's health could also be at risk.
To determine the level of lead contamination in your home, you will need to obtain a lead paint test kit, use the swab and draw a blood sample. Once you know the results, you can contact the manufacturer and ask for a refund or another product. It usually takes about thirty seconds and you won't waste any time or money on the search. Your family's health is priceless and shouldn't be put at risk by some careless manufacturing mistakes.