- This test is both ETV-tested and EPA-approved to live up to the RRP regulations on different surfaces like ferrous metal surfaces, wood, plaster and drywall.
- You will get results in minutes using this test.
- It can easily test for lead chromate that is coomon in green, orange, yellow and read paints without requiring additional time.
- A clean up tool is provided in the box, and the testing sample needs to be no bigger than 3/16″ to accurately test.
- Each box contains 25 D-Wipe towels to help ensure no tests are mixed up that can be used on the sample tool that is included.
- This test is the most accurate for the purpose according to ETV.
- You can easily test for lead chromate and lead in minutes and ensure your family isn’t getting exposed to harmful heavy metals.
- 24 test solution 1 – used to test for lead
- 2 test solution 2 – used to make sure that the test kits are still working properly.
- 25 D-Wipe Towels to remove possible lead contamination
- Catch trays for each sample (25)
- A sampling tool
- A cleaning rod
- A separate razor blade that can be used to sample the paint. Includes a handle for easy use.
- A safe waste disposal bag to put the used tests in
- An instruction manual to ensure proper usage of the tests.
There are a bunch of different surfaces where these test can be used:
- Drywall & plaster
- Ferrous metal
- Structural steel
- Water towers
- Shipyards, docks, ships
- Gas storage tanks
The instruction manual easily ensures that you use the test the correct way, while still staying in compliance with the RRP regulation, and helps you not just make sure that you are doing it correctly, but that you are also limiting your exposure to the dangers of lead dust.
Technical testing instructions:
Lead is dangerous to humans, especially kids down to even very small amounts, why the EPA has been very specific in what they consider safe for wall paint. D-Lead has the ability to test as per the EPA’s instructions and is one of two products that can additionally test on wood and ferrous metal. To visit EPA’s own website on their approved kits, please refer to this page.
D-Lead is able to test levels down to 400 parts per million, which is the limit required for the EPA. This case also has several advantages over 3M’s products that do not contain the same cleaning kits that D-Lead has. 400 parts per million is the equivalent of 0.04% if measured by weight.
No matter if you’re testing one surface or another, the procedure that you need is the same for either of them. Some other tests that haven’t been approved by the EPA may require additional steps if you are testing red, yellow, orange or green paints.
There is nothing additional that you will need to get if you get this test.
With the help of solution 2, you start off by ensuring that the kit that you have is still good and can be used for the purpose. If the test turns black, you are good to go. Then go on to clean both the tools and the area you will be testing with one of the D-wipes. Sample catch trays are used to ensure that the paint you are testing is easily retrieved from the tested surface.
The tray can additionally be attached to the wall to ensure that anything from a vertical surface will fall onto it. With the testing tool, you will be able to retrieve a piece of the tested surface that you have to make sure makes it through all the different layers of the paint. With the help of the razor blade with the handle on it, be sure to accurately retrieve all the paint onto the tray. In order to get the amount of test material that you need to test, you can either use force from your hands to push the tool against the wall, or you can tap the test tool with a hammer against the tested surface.
You may find that the paint stays within the testing tool, and if that is the case, you can use the cleaning tool to get it out onto the catch tray. The catch tray is used as a dust tray in order to put the paint on before easily pouring the tested surface into a bottle of solution 1. The easiest way to ensure accurate testing is the same regardless of whether you are testing a horizontal or vertical surface. All of the material that you previously extracted using the tool needs to go into the solution 1 bottle, and that is no matter if the sampled material has fallen apart into several pieces, or whether it still remains intact.
Go ahead and put the lid on the bottle and screw it tight before proceeding to shake the bottle gently. At this point, the solution needs about 2 minutes in order to get through the tested material before you can proceed to the next step which includes adding 5 drops of solution 2 before once again putting the lid back on the bottle and shaking it to mix up the different materials.
At this point you have to figure out if the test proves to be above the test standard, and what you need is to hold it up with a white surface behind it to see through the glass which color the solution is. The test standard color is what you are testing against, so if it is darker than the test patch on the bottle, there is an issue with paint, and if it is clearer, you are in the clear.
In order to that the given surface does not have lead in it, while the test has indicated it, you need to wait an additional 10 minutes, shake it again and once again compare it against the brown color on the bottle. While the solution 2 may give the solution a yellow color, that does not mean it contains lead. If you are testing either plaster or drywall, it is common to see the solution have a cloudy or milky appearance, but this should not be confused with the presence of lead. It is only when the solution turns brown that it shows lead is present. While a light brown color will be an indication of very low levels of lead, the color you need to compare it to is the color on the bottle. When the solution turns dark, that is when the RRP-practices and certifications are needed, and lead-safe work practices must be performed.
If you live in Wisconsin and you are a renovator, any change of color that turns brown will require safe-lead practices when doing remodeling.
When these steps have been taken, it’s important that you put the lid on tightly on the bottle of solution 2 before proceeding. Used D-wipes and trays can be put into the disposing bag that comes along with the kit. You can additionally use the D-wipe towel when you are done in order to ensure no contamination is left on the surfaces. Gloves and towels can be thrown into the disposal bag, too, and when you are done with the whole test kit, add the solution 2 inside the disposal bag also.
Specification: EPA-Approved, D-Lead Paint Test Kit (24 Tests)
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