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3M LeadCheck Instant Lead Test Swabs (2-Pack)
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LeadCheck Instant Lead Test Swabs (2-Pack)

  • Easy to use system; instant results
  • Swabs are disposable, non-staining, non-toxic and odorless
  • Includes test confirmation card
$9.97 /package

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3M LeadCheck Swabs are non-toxic and provide a rapid test for lead on most surfaces. When lead is detected, 3M LeadCheck Swabs turn red on contact. The vast majority of test situations results are obtained in less than 30 seconds. Simple to use: just crush, shake and swab. Red Means Lead 3M LeadCheck Swabs provide instant lead-detection results for quick and accurate job pricing. In just seconds, you will know if lead-safe practices are required. Test for lead on surfaces such as: painted surfaces, steel structures, vinyl and other plastics.

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  • EPA recognized
  • Swabs are non-toxic, odorless, disposable and non-staining
  • Test confirmation card to verify results in every kit
  • Contains 2 ready-to-use disposable swabs that turn red when lead is found

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does this work on plumbing

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September 6, 2015
can I use this to check soldered copper pipes
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November 3, 2015
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Will this work on surfaces that had been painted over, covering possible lead paint.
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September 9, 2015
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Yes, this product can be used on painted wood, metal, plaster or drywall.
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September 8, 2015
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Absolutely. The product can test your solder and other metal surfaces. Thanks for asking!
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September 8, 2015
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Hi dennis,
Yes, this LeadCheck Test will test a variety of surfaces, including metals. Follow the directions for use.
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-Travis
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Lead testing

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May 26, 2016
If I've painted over lead paint with safe paint, will it still show up if the original paint was lead base?
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June 30, 2016
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If the safe paint coat(s) is(are) thick enough, you may not get a positive result (probably not) testing the surface since the lead is contained in the paint underneath the safe paint. However, if you pull off a chip of paint and test the underside, it will test positive. It would qualify as requiring treating it as lead paint under current regulations if you were to scrap or sand the surface to prep it Read More
If the safe paint coat(s) is(are) thick enough, you may not get a positive result (probably not) testing the surface since the lead is contained in the paint underneath the safe paint. However, if you pull off a chip of paint and test the underside, it will test positive. It would qualify as requiring treating it as lead paint under current regulations if you were to scrap or sand the surface to prep it for repainting (e.g., bringing a surface down to wood). Read Less
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May 31, 2016
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Thanks for your question! This testing kit must have direct contact with the original paint that you’d like to test. If you have further questions, please feel free to speak with a tech expert at 800-494-3552. Thanks!
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May 27, 2016
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No, if you want to test the old paint for lead, you'll have to scrape (NOT sand!) A spot down to the old paint.
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Can this be used on brick?

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April 27, 2016
Can the product be used to test for lead on painted bricks in the interior of a home?
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May 2, 2016
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Yes. This product can test all hard surfaces for lead contamination. Thanks for asking!
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April 28, 2016
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Yes, this product can be used to test bricks.
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April 28, 2016
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It shouldn't matter what the substrate is. Just test it by rubbing the kit on the paint. There's not much you can do about painted brick though, other than putting a coat of non-lead based paint over it.
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Swab stayed yellow; however, I noticed the leftover yellow liquid on the wall did turn red (only noticed so after after about an hour)

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July 18, 2016
Is this a reason for concern for a positive? The swab is solid yellow/orange, while the spilled over residue on the wall turned red....
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July 20, 2016
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Thank you for asking! We'd suggest calling our technical support team at 1.800.537.9514 M-F 8am-5pm CT. They will want to discuss some details to be sure you had a correct reading and the product performed as it should.
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It is possible there is lead paint under a coat of non-lead paint, especially if the non-lead paint is water based. It is "legal" to paint over lead paint if you don't scrap and sand it (i.e., create dust). What may have happened is that it took awhile for the solution to soak through the top coat(s) of paint before it reacted with the lead paint (if that is what happened). You might want to take a small Read More
It is possible there is lead paint under a coat of non-lead paint, especially if the non-lead paint is water based. It is "legal" to paint over lead paint if you don't scrap and sand it (i.e., create dust). What may have happened is that it took awhile for the solution to soak through the top coat(s) of paint before it reacted with the lead paint (if that is what happened). You might want to take a small chip of paint from some well hidden area and test the back of the paint chip. If there is a lead paint under coat, it should show almost immediately. Read Less
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Customer Reviews

LeadCheck Instant Lead Test Swabs (2-Pack) is rated 3.9 out of 5 by 45.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Accurate results but problem with empty swabs. I've used four or five packs of these around the house and in three instances have received a pack with only one active swab, the other having no fluid inside it. That's pretty high odds of getting an empty swab and throwing five bucks down the drain so where's the quality control?
Date published: 2016-03-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Followed directions and squeezed the tube and the capsule split. It must have been sitting in the... Followed directions and squeezed the tube and the capsule split. It must have been sitting in the shelf too long. I will try the second stick at some point. Company needs to evaluate the shelf life. Still a great price for a quick lead check.
Date published: 2016-11-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worked great These worked as expected. The directions were very clear. I just wish there were more than two sticks for $10.
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Didn't work! The product didn't activate (even on the lead test spots).
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Overpriced. Each stick can only be used on one item. Overpriced. Each stick can only be used on one item.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy Easy & Accurate.... seems a bit overpriced though!
Date published: 2016-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lead Positive Works Positively Test kit comes with 2 applicators. We tested porch railings (grey paint) and balusters (white paint) on an old home that had two different colors of paint. The paint is peeling badly and cannot be painted without scraping paint. We pulled off a small section of peeling paint and applied it to the "underside" of the paint chip (the old paint) because we were told the porch had been painted multiple times since the 1980s. Both turned red as advertised revealing old paint was lead paint.
Date published: 2016-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bought a house built in 1960 We bought this kit to test for lead in the walls. It is simple and produces quick results. Just make sure you read directions carefully and don't mistake pink on the paper test as positive like we did at first. The swab itself will be red if there is lead and the test paper provided is to confirm negative results only.
Date published: 2016-05-03
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