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We are wondering if a professionally refinished clawfoot tub would leach lead. I've been searching the web and from what I've learned so far is that once refinished the tub should be safe. We are considering having one refinished to put in our new bathroom, but want to be 100% sure it would be safe. What are your thoughts?<br><br>
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Ask the refinisher. There are test kits available for testing dishes. Would those work on a tub?<br><br>
Another way to look at this is to ask how would any lead be getting into you from the tub? Lead is usually absorbed from dust from lead-based paints getting into the air and from children actually eating/chewing on the chips of such paint. Would there be such an issue from a tub?
 

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Maybe ask your question here: <a href="http://www.clawfootsupply.com/forums/Clawfoot_Supply_Forum/" target="_blank">http://www.clawfootsupply.com/forums..._Supply_Forum/</a> Also ask the people refinishing the tub. I actually think that the lead paints were used on the exterior of the older tubs and not in the porcelain finish, but I am not sure if that is correct.
 

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I have done a lot of research on this topic, it should be safe if competently done. I thought the lead was in the old cast iron, I'm not certain though.
 

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I can ask DH, but I don't think lead was generally alloyed with iron for casting. Carbon, yes, lead, no.
 

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Thanks everyone for your responce. If you are curious, this is the artical that got me worried. <a href="http://www.bathtubking.com/information.htm" target="_blank">http://www.bathtubking.com/information.htm</a><br><br>
We are debating now, should we have the old clawfoot professionally refinished? Or, should we buy a new acrylic reproduction?
 

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Have you tested your tub for lead? Because the article you cited stated that there was a percentage that did not have lead in the porcelain. Also, it indicated in the last paragraph that the whole problem could be avoided by refinishing the tub. I looked at a couple of refinishing sites, and the totally strip the surface removing the porcelain and the paint.<br><br>
Personally, I would want to refinish the old. The real thing is just a little bit neater. It would be more cost effective to spend a few hundred dollars to refinish than to spend well over $1000 to by a new one. Perhaps the newer ones are nicer for streching out and soaking because the old ones are usually small. I am sure you will figure out what best suits your family; I don't think you could go wrong either way really.
 

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As with lead paint on walls, as long as it is completely coated with another material, like procelain or paint, the lead is not exposed, and is therefore no danger. I can't "leach" through the enamel or paint.<br><br>
So go with the refinishing, and have less plastic in the environment!
 
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