Lead exposure is still a very prevalent issue in the United States coming both from lead based paint and lead dust encased in brick, concrete or wood of older industrial buildings. Every week we help people on both sides of the issue –  environmental remediators and architects working to renovate and paint over lead in older buildings and families that have just moved to homes that have tested positive for lead. The main goal in all cases is to ensure the surface is properly abated, either through removal or encapsulated with a lead encapsulating paint, so it tests negative for lead and is safe for occupants.

Lead Abatement Regulations

In recent years, countries such as Canada and the UK have also been paying attention to the dangers of lead dust and lead-based paint and creating standards to ensure the safety of their citizens. LeadX™ lead encapsulating paint by Syneffex™ has been used for projects in both the UK and Canada as well as for countless projects in the United States.

Canada: Risk Management Strategy for Lead

UK: Lead Paint Safety Association (LiPSA)

Lead in Homes

If a home was built before 1978, there is a good chance it has lead-based paint. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the federal government banned consumer uses of lead-containing paint in 1978, and some states banned it even sooner. Lead from paint, including lead-contaminated dust, is one of the most common causes of lead poisoning. The EPA chart below shows how likely a home is to contain lead-based paint based upon the year it was built.

Lead Paint in Older Homes

Children are especially susceptible to lead poisoning from areas such as window sills, doors, railings, etc.. This is what makes a white, tinted, or clear lead encapsulation coating, such as LeadX™, so important. It is easily applied over these surfaces at a simple 2-coat application to act as a lead sealant and allow a lead paint test on the surface to test negative for lead exposure. LeadX™ is a safe lead encapsulation paint that prevents lead exposure and is water-based and non-toxic.

Lead in Commercial Buildings

Often older buildings which are being rehabilitated for use, such as an old factory being updated for retail and residential housing space , will test positive for lead either from lead-based paint or lead dust that’s settled in the brick, concrete, metal, or wood surfaces over the years.

Many of the large projects that LeadX™ lead encapsulating paint is used for are large buildings or complexed that hold multiple buildings that are being renovated and have to have all surfaces abated for lead. LeadX™ is often specified into these over our competitors due to a few different factors:

  • Competitive price per S.F.
  • Clear, white, and custom color options (paint & abate in one product!)
  • Easy to work with
  • Smooth, matte finish
  • Additional benefits of mold, UV, and moisture resistance.

To help project managers and building owners understand their requirements when it comes to remediating lead in commercial buildings, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provides a Framework for Identifying and Evaluating Lead?Based Paint Hazards from Renovation, Repair, and Painting Activities in Public and Commercial Buildings.

Lead Poisoning Symptoms

While lead poisoning can initially be difficult to detect, there are some symptoms that start to become prevalent after lead exposure when lead begins to accumulate in the system in dangerous amounts. According to the Mayo Clinic, some of these are:

The signs and symptoms of lead poisoning in children may include:

  • Developmental delay
  • Learning difficulties
  • Irritability
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Sluggishness and fatigue
  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Hearing loss

The signs and symptoms of lead poisoning in adults may include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Abdominal pain
  • Constipation
  • Joint pains
  • Muscle pain
  • Declines in mental functioning
  • Pain, numbness or tingling of the extremities
  • Headache
  • Memory loss
  • Mood disorders
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LeadX™ Project Examples

LeadX™ encapsulating coating has become an industry leading lead encapsulation solution because it is safe, effective, and easy to work with. We also offer LeadX™ in clear , white, or any color needed for a project.

LeadX™ has been used by…

  • The U.S.Navy to make older buildings safe to use as base housing
  • The American Red Cross in Central Louisiana to renovate a building for their main offices
  • The Susan B Anthony Voters Block project in Rochester after approval by the New York Historical Preservation Office
  • The Pensacola Naval Aviation Museum when converting a hangar to museum space
  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, remediating lead in a dam area
  • Multiple commercial building rehabilitation projects from coast to coast

You can see a number of other lead encapsulating paint case studies by scrolling through the case studies below.

Clear or Color Lead Encapsulating Paint Options

You get more choices with LeadX™ that you do with other lead encapsulating paints. If you want to keep the rustic look of the underlying surface, then use our clear lead encapsulation coating. Need to paint white or a color? Paint and encapsulate with one products by choosing our white or custom tint lead encapsulating paint.

Proven Performance

While some companies may just test their coating over lead based paint , we’ve gone the extra mile and tested ours on 100% solid lead blocks to ensure that even when used over solid lead, our LeadX™ encapsulation coating acted as a lead sealant and tested negative on the surface for lead. Now that’s a product you can rely on!

If you want to learn more or have a project you’d like a quote for request a specification below and we’ll be happy to help you.