So I did a lead test and I don’t know what to think. Some areas are pink others a dark purple but mostly orange. The swab itself was orange. Lead or no lead???
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It most likely means you have lead paint underneath a coat of latex paint. In places where’s there’s a crack in the latex, the tester is responding to the lead.
If there’s no small children and the paint isn’t peeling, it’s often best to keep the lead in place by putting another coat of latex paint on top, sealing it. Trying to remove the lead by sanding or chemical means can often be more toxic than removal in these situations.
If there are small children and/or the paint is peeling, you may want to refer to a lead specialist for the best mitigation for these circumstances.