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Old 08-08-08, 11:05 AM   #1
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Lead Paint

I have an old 70's Schwinn le Tour frame I plan on stripping and repainting, but before I start I was curious if anyone here knows if lead paint was used in bikes back then. I am assuming not, but I want to be cautious just in case.

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well I know they have lead testing kits at home depot and such. Maybe you could buy one of those and test it first. I bought one to test some old dishes I had. The test cost around 5 bucks if I remember right.
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. . .but I want to be cautious just in case.
Maybe someone can weigh in with a more focused viewpoint, but it seems to me that the precautions you take to protect yourself and the environment from the (arguably) equally toxic organic products of paint removal will also protect against lead contamination.
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No lead paint but be careful: The chainstays and perhaps the head tube are full of mercury.
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No lead paint but be careful: The chainstays and perhaps the head tube are full of mercury.
how come they would be full of mercury??
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How are you planning to remove the old paint?

Sanding's bad. Not from inhaleing the dust so much as from eating it.
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how come they would be full of mercury??
You read it on the internet so it must be true.
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Is it a Chicago Schwinn or a China Schwinn? 70s I'd guess Chicago, but if it is a China bike then better than 50/50 it is lead paint. But the same can be said for a new china made bike.
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70's Letours were made in Japan and then USA. Perhaps some in Taiwan? Not mainland China.

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I plan to sand, and I always use masks.
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I plan to sand, and I always use masks. - Talk to a local auto body place and get a quote. Stripping the bike might be real cheap.
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