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    Default Possible Lead Paint Warning

    I've read somewhere that lead paint has a "sweet" taste/smell to it. Well I noticed when I was cleaning my Harbor Freight mini-lathe, using paint thinner to clean off the gunk, some of the painted parts had an odd "sweet" smell. Since this is a China-built machine, I would tend to think that it is lead paint...

    I absent-mindedly forgot to put on my mask before I began, but I did put it on shortly thereafter.

    Now, I don't know if this is lead paint, but it is something to consider for those of us that actually clean our machines. I don't even know how I would test if it was lead or not.
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    I'm almost sure you can buy a kit at lowes to test for lead paint?

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    Lead poisoning poses a great risk to children.

    Adults usually only find out they're "toxic" when it shows up in bloodwork; lead poisoning in adults is often symptom-free.

    Your body does eliminate lead, though very slowly.

    Kind of on topic: did you know that the average U.S. citizen's body contains 100-125 grams of Uranium? Primarily from ingestion (food, drink). From http://chppm-www.apgea.army.mil/docu...GUID/Tg238.pdf

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    I think Apple Pectin is good for removing heavy metals from the body. This is just a small part of Chinas plan to take over the U.S.A..
    We cheap tool junkies keep buying their crap to finance their army. All while they are poisining us at the same time.
    That's alright. I'm using their cheap junk tools to build a cheap defensive weapons arsenal!
    Come & get some chinaman!! I'll send some lead poisening your way!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bradrock
    I think Apple Pectin is good for removing heavy metals from the body. This is just a small part of Chinas plan to take over the U.S.A..
    We cheap tool junkies keep buying their crap to finance their army. All while they are poisining us at the same time.
    That's alright. I'm using their cheap junk tools to build a cheap defensive weapons arsenal!
    Come & get some chinaman!! I'll send some lead poisening your way!!
    LOL...You're too Damn funny! funny thing is that your right.
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    Just rememeber that every hour you spend over your casting pot your inhaling more lead fumes than you will unless you eat that paint. And one lead bullet will most assuredly give you more lead poisoning ... espeically if it hits a vital spot.
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    Unless you are eating the paint or grinding it into dust in large quantities you are at extreemly low risk.

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    ditto, pookie, bsn.

    ingesting chips, breathing dust is how we adults may receive toxic levels of lead exposure.

    also, you're toenails will curve radially (tighter radius) and your cigs will take
    on a VERY sweet taste (they have lead in them from the soil) like a candy cane.

    i used to grind old paint off historic houses. my whole crew would develop these
    symptoms, over the course of a job. that was with resperators and protective
    clothing. the 'taste' seemed to be our threshold warning.

    chelation therapy is wonderful stuff.

    kids are a completely different story, minute amounts have permanent affects.

    pookie: paint thinner should not cut that HF orange paint unless something
    else is occuring. cured paint resists thinner, lacquer solvent but not strippers containing
    MEK, itself a far more potent industrial toxin.

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    and your cigs will take on a VERY sweet taste
    unless it's a Phillip Morris brand, they add suger to make them more addictive.

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