Most people know that there was once a time that lead (Pb) was a key ingredient of paint. Lead was also commonly used in the manufacturing of toys, pipes, and even gasoline in the 20th century. Years of absorbing exhaust from automobiles using leaded gasoline even contaminated soil, making it difficult for plants to grow. Most people also know that lead poisoning can be fatal in adults and creates environmental issues for plants, water sources, and pets and animals. Even a minor amount of exposure to lead paint can damage the central nervous system and cause everything from headaches to stomach and digestive problems. Tragically, a high percentage of the severe health problems associated with exposure to lead paint happen in small children.
The line between having leftover paint and not having enough to finish the job is thin. Being on the right side of that line is of vital importance to the modern paint professional. The cost associated with an extra gallon or two of unneeded paint can be the difference between a profitable job and a waste of time and money. Compounding the issue is the fact that many painters lack visibility to the company’s bottom line; they don’t realize that using too much paint on a job can cost their company a significant amount of money.