Dutch Boy Handbook on Painting (1936)

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LeadPaintHandbookCoverHomes built in the 1930s almost always contain lead paint.  We know now that was a bad idea.  But how bad?  Here is an excerpt from a Dutch Boy Paint manual showing how much lead was recommended for various uses.  The formulas are quite revealing.

1936 Paint Formulas for New Wood

  • Primer Coat: 100 lbs lead past per 9 gallons
  • Second Coat: 100 lbs of lead per 6 gallons
  • Finish Coat: 100 lbs of lead per 6.25 gallons

Download the excerpt (2 Mb PDF) or inquire at info@renovatedsm.org if you are interested in obtaining the full document for research.