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Trent, Andy . 1996. Lead-Based Paint: Testing Methods. 9671 2353. Missoula, MT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Missoula Technology and Development Center.

This Tech Tip is the second in a series of Tech Tips on lead-based paint. It describes three methods used to determine if lead exists in a paint:

  • Having a certified laboratory analyze a paint chip sample
  • Hiring a certified contractor to use an x-ray fluoresence instrument to measure the amount of lead on a painted surface
  • Using a chemical test kit or using the swab method.

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