I was thinking about buying some old Ral Partha minis from ebay and re-painting. I know many of them are made of lead.
I was wondering, how safe is lead say if you wear surgical gloves when cleaning and priming. If I do a couple coats of primer, should it them be safe to handle the minis bare-handed while painting? Does lead go through primer & paint & sealer when handling at the game table?
You will be fine, just wash your hands after you are done. You don't need surgical gloves for handling lead. The danger comes from long term exposure (living around it) and from ingesting it. Don't put them in your mouth Just make sure you wash up after handling them and before eating/drinking.
Also remember in this article, most of it is in reference to "working" with lead, not just painting miniatures. All the parts about a "dirty" work area and protective clothing/gear is if you are pouring lead, grinding lead, creating dust. If you are just painting minis then just paint them and wash up when you are done.
I have hundreds of lead minis unprimed and unpainted that I still use for gaming. Carefully handling lead in small quantities isn't that dangerous. It's the fumes from molten lead that are extremely harmful. Priming and painting will make them completely safe for game play. One coat of primer and paint should be sufficient.
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Uh... I feel acetone has much higher handling safety requirements than lead miniatures... gloves and respirator advisable... your skin WILL absorb it. Fumes WILL form immediately on exposure to air.
I'd keep acetone as a last resort.
I'm not a contaminate expert... but I play one on the internet, Kev!
As long as your keep it out of your eye's (another tip that works for lead as well) and don't set it on fire its pretty safe. And to clarify I wasnt suggesting she put the minature in with her teeth I was thinking tongs and a open room or outside (which is advisable for any chemicals/paints that fume/aerosolize)
A respirator and some good gloves and glasses for those who don't want any negative effects will solve most diy health concerns
The concentrated form of Simple Green used to work on removing Testor enamel from metal miniatures. The formula was changed in 2013, so it may be less effective now. But the paint on a metal figure could be acrylics, so test them first. Unless you can tell by the shininess that the paint is enamel.
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