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Homes 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
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