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Lead Paint Sealer - Clear?

Posted by alst (My Page) on
Fri, Mar 21, 08 at 14:17


We've inherited a wonderful old high chair from our grandparents, but we are fairly certain that the paint finish is lead-based. It has a wonderful worn look, plus some handpainted animal details, that we hate the thought of removing it and painting over it.

Does there exist some kind of clear sealer that we can use to help safeguard against lead?


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RE: Lead Paint Sealer - Clear?

Any polyurethane sealer should work fine. I'd use a couple coats to be safe. Are you actually going to use it to feed your kids? If so, I'd buy one of those lead test kits at Home Depot - first verify whether the finish is actually lead-based, and then after sealing, test to make sure you can't pick up any lead on the chair. I have to say that I personally probably wouldn't use a lead-paint high chair for it's intended purpose even if sealed, but I wouldn't have a problem sealing it and using it for display or as a doll high chair or something.

Good luck!

RE: Lead Paint Sealer - Clear?

A good washing with warm water and ammonia is the first step. Flush the wash water down a sanitary drain (toilet).

Two coats of Spar Urethane will seal it until it's either chipped or sanded.

As lkplatow says, I wouldn't use it to seat a child.


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