ASTM-D3618 Standard Test Method for Detection of Lead in Paint and Dried Paint Films

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Standard Test Method for Detection of Lead in Paint and Dried Paint Films


1.1 This test method is intended as a screening test to determine if the solids in a paint contain more than 0.5% lead. The test described barely detects the presence of 0.4% but gives a definite positive result at the 0.5% level.

Note 1-This test method may be used to detect the presence of lead at concentrations higher or lower than 0.5% by making appropriate changes in the specimen size and reagent quantities specified.

1.2 Paints giving an unexpected positive or questionable result should be analyzed quantitatively for lead, using Test Method D3335.

1.3 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety problems, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. Specific hazard statements are given in Section 7.


Lead content-paints/related coatings/materials; Spat test (for lead); detection of lead in paint/dried paint films, test; ICS Number Code 87.040 (Paints and varnishes)

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06.01 (Paint -- Tests for Chemical, Physical, and Optical Properties; Appearance)

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87.040 (Paints and varnishes Including coating powders, paint coatings and protective paint systems)

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2005 R22 EDITION



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Publication Date

Dec. 8, 2022

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Test Method

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3 pages

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