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  QUESTION: Making a leadlight cabinet lead-safe, 17 Apr 2004, New South Wales Australia

We have just inherited an antique lead-light cabinet. Whereas the leadlight is not obviously flaky, there is suspicious lead dust which deposits on shelves.

Is there a way of safely sealing the lead-light eg. with paint or other preparation to prevent dust deposition? - what would you suggest ?

ANSWER: 06 May 2004

Dear Sir,

The best solution I can suggest for the cabinet is to use clear contact on the leadlight inside the cabinet and replace it as needed [I know of no paint that will be guaranteed to stick for the life of the lead] and if there are young children who have access to the outside of the cabinet, then get it double-glazed so they can only ever touch plain glass. Otherwise use contact on the outside as well or just ensure that it is wet-wiped at least weekly to remove any lead oxide dust that forms.

Yours Sincerely
Elizabeth O'Brien

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