I bought these as I am stripping and old wood floor the was painted who knows when under 4 layers of old linoleum and tile. I was afraid of lead contamination with kids in the house so I gave these a go.
I had two problems that made these. They were basically a waste of money and will just assume there is lead moving forward. They were dry! I broke the A and B portions as directed and nothing. I did get one that was a little moist. I saw a faint bit of yellow so I worked at a bit more. I waited hoping it would wick into the end but it didn’t much even pointing it downward and working it down. My second issue is the the floor was reddish brown so yes it turned a reddish orange/brown. My mop water did too though so I have no idea. It wasn’t a bright obvious red so I have no idea really. I did wait a little then tried swabbing the control strip. It did turn dirty red grinding it into it to get enough moisture.
Buy a bunch (like a case) and expect a few to possibly work. Save your receipt and return what didn’t work or that you didn’t need. It’s really too bad as this seems like an easy solution and it’s not something to mess with especially with kids it the home. I hoped for more definitive results.
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Response from 3M Social CareFebruary 27, 2020
Hello - We are sorry to hear of the trouble. We would not expect the product to be as described. Please connect with us directly at 1-800-494-3552 M-F 8am-5pm CT, so we may help and further discuss how to use the product for your test surfaces. Thank you!
I used this product on my ceiling and, while using it, the liquid dripped down onto my rug and co...
October 17, 2017
I used this product on my ceiling and, while using it, the liquid dripped down onto my rug and completely discolored it or bleached it and the stain will not come out. Warning
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Response from 3M DIYOctober 19, 2017
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This lead test gave me peace of mind for my latest project. I'm really glad I didn't have to wait to get results back from a lab before starting too! I had picked up an old wooden window on Craigslist to turn into a foyer mirror, and I wanted to sand the paint and gunk off of it. Since I had no idea how old it was or where it came from, I figured it would be best to test it for lead. This kit was the perfect solution for an immediate answer.
The kit comes with two testing sticks, instructions, and a test card to verify the sticks are functioning correctly in the event your test sample doesn't contain any lead. The directions were easy to follow. Just crush the two capsules, shake it up, and rub it on the test sample. The negative test result is a yellow-orange color. The color changes to a pink-red for a positive indication. Luckily my project didn't contain any lead paint, and I could check to make sure the test was functioning correctly with the included verification card.
I'm not sure how some other reviewers were reporting the tests were dried up. The liquid is stored in sealed capsules that are fairly tough to break.
Easy to follow instructions , Passed the test on each painted surface. Had to do a little extra squeezing. To get it to work correctly , and did get the dye on my fingers. So I will have orange fingers for a few days. Feel relieved knowing the paint is lead free :)
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Had lead paint on baseboard moulding and on trim around windows and doors. Needed to confirm before embarking on treatment (Use of Ecobond paint and planing boards to remove paint). The Test Swabs confirmed my suspicion.