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grenadier corporal02 Dec 2020 2:24 a.m. PST

I could not find a better place for my questions (which I hope are not utter drivel):
Painting tin figures with mainly acrylic paints over some forty years – has anyone experienced or heard of issues with the amount of leukocytes in his blood?
Where can I get information on the ingredients of the figures and the paints?
Any issues with using lead foil?
The whole matter is highly speculative – but maybe …
Thank you for any clues!

advocate02 Dec 2020 2:38 a.m. PST

I'm not aware of any issues.

marmont1814 Sponsoring Member of TMP02 Dec 2020 3:16 a.m. PST

after 40 years painting and casting almost everyday and Ive suffered only one side affect and that is not enough time to paint my armies. Seriously I used get check ups every two years but the doctor told me top stop wasting time

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP02 Dec 2020 4:04 a.m. PST

50+ years of painting lead/tin castings, and acrylic paint for 40+. The VA runs blood tests every six months, but all complaints have been about weight, blood pressure and cholesterol.

Big Red Supporting Member of TMP02 Dec 2020 5:28 a.m. PST

Does myopia count?

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP02 Dec 2020 7:38 a.m. PST

Unless you eat figures or paint, nothing to worry about.

If you do eat them, consult a psychiatrist.

BTCTerrainman Supporting Member of TMP02 Dec 2020 7:41 a.m. PST

I have not heard of anything related directly to the figures or painting of them. I have heard of numerous issues related to hobby glues. I developed a serious allergic reaction to Cyanoacrylate glues. It started as a typical allergic response (runny nose, sneezing etc.) and finally starting causing breathing problems. It took a long time to figure out what was causing it. The problem cleared up when I stopped using them and went to other gluing methods. I did have occasional serious reactions when exposed to people using the glue nearby at conventions. All seems good now, but I will not try to use those glues again.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP02 Dec 2020 8:35 a.m. PST

Don't believe acrylic paints are an issue and you can have your blood lead level checked, but I suspect it would be normal; the people who get into trouble with lead are industrial workers or folks who shoot an awfully lot and don't wear gloves

Grelber02 Dec 2020 11:45 a.m. PST

Back in the late 80s, most companies phased out lead in their figures. You could write the individual companies about the specific alloy they use. For companies that are no longer around (like Ral Partha), you might ask specifically here on TMP.

Here's a link to a medical journal article: link Their conclusion is that acrylic paint use is associated with pulmonary toxicity, however, they are talking about people who paint houses and things for a living, not hobbyists spending a couple hours a day at most and using small quantities of paints. I just finished painting my house, and I'm pretty sure I got more paint on me in an hour or two of working on the house than I would have in a year of painting figures.


14Bore02 Dec 2020 12:46 p.m. PST

Since 1982, still alive

Even cleaned brushes in my coffee a few times

gisbygeo02 Dec 2020 12:48 p.m. PST

It is more likely that the problem is the 40 years you have been painting, rather than the paints themselves.

Wargamer Blue02 Dec 2020 3:21 p.m. PST

I have kidney cancer and I lick my paint brush. Is it connected? I don't know?

von Schwartz02 Dec 2020 5:31 p.m. PST

Well painting figs for 40+ years with all types of paints and the only problem I ever had was with some of the solvent based paints can cause contact dermatitis. Acrylics are water based, so unless you ascribe to the W.C Fields philosophy, no problem. Also, from a professional point, I am also an occupational health and safety hygienist, retired. The tin is not an issue unless your smelting it and snorting the fumes, and the acrylic paint is also harmless as well as non-flammable.

von Schwartz02 Dec 2020 5:35 p.m. PST

By the way, make sure you keep your brush cleaning water glass and your glass of 12 year old single malt separated.
Acrylics are NOT a good mixer.

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP02 Dec 2020 7:29 p.m. PST

Ive suffered only one side affect and that is not enough time to paint my armies

I, too, have experienced this serious health issue.

If you do eat [figures or paint], consult a psychiatrist.

Very sound advice.

not hobbyists spending a couple hours a day

I dream of being spending a couple of hours a day painting! Maybe after I retire.

Von Schwartz for the win, I think.

grenadier corporal03 Dec 2020 12:55 a.m. PST

Thank you very much indeed for all your valuable inputs, which certainly ease my heart.

jdpintex03 Dec 2020 7:31 a.m. PST

The bigger health issue is the numerous cuts/punctures from using a hobby knife.

I've ruined more than a few dish towels with blood.

Zephyr103 Dec 2020 9:43 p.m. PST

And don't lick your brushes if you are using glow-in-the-dark (radium) paint…

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP03 Dec 2020 10:10 p.m. PST

The bigger health issue is the numerous cuts/punctures from using a hobby knife.

I consider it only right and just if I occasionally bleed for my troops.

von Schwartz06 Dec 2020 5:04 p.m. PST

Always keep a package of fresh Band-Aids close at hand. If I'm not bleeding, I'm just not working hard enough.

von Schwartz07 Dec 2020 4:36 p.m. PST

And don't lick your brushes if you are using glow-in-the-dark (radium) paint…

Don't wha…!

AICUSV18 Dec 2020 1:23 p.m. PST

I've been at it for over 60 years and the only issues I've had are getting old and my back now hurst from years of being bent over painting figures.

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