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This Countertop Coating Is Being Recalled Because It Contains Too Much Lead

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Homeowners who recently spruced up their kitchen countertops using one of Rust-Oleum’s coating products may want to check their paint can ASAP.

Last month, Rust-Oleum recalled its black satin countertop coating because it contains lead levels that exceed the federal lead paint ban, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The recall affects about 1,800 of Rust-Oleum’s one-quart cans with the product number 263209 and batch code P7612D.

This particular batch of black satin countertop coating was sold in-store at Ace Hardware and other stores, and online at Amazon.com, HomeDepot.com and other retailers, from June 2017 through February 2018.

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You can find the product number and code printed on the bottom of the can, which is silver and has a green and white label.

The label should also list the phrases “countertop coating,” “black satin,” “renew laminate surfaces” and “moisture & scratch resistant.”

The Consumer Product Safety Commission urges customers to stop using the recalled product and contact Rust-Oleum right away.

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

If you’ve applied the black satin countertop coating, you will receive a repair kit or replacement for the affected areas.

If you have an unused can of the recalled paint, you will receive a full refund plus $25 when you return the product.

Lead-based paint was common in housing built before the late 1970s. But research exposed the dangers of lead, which prompted the federal government to ban lead-containing paint for home use in 1978.

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Any surface coating or paint that has lead levels equal to or more than 1.0 milligram per square centimeter — or 0.5 percent — by weight is considered lead-based paint, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Decades of research has proven that exposure to lead could cause adverse, long-term health effects, including brain damage, reproductive problems, a decreased IQ, a lack of impulse control, delayed learning, hypertension and kidney damage, according to recent studies.

The American Academy of Pediatrics, which is made up of 64,000 U.S. pediatricians, recently recommended stricter policies to ensure that children are not exposed to lead in school drinking fountains and daycare facilities. Being exposed to lead can be especially harmful to children, doctors believe.

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Customers who have any questions or concerns about the recall can contact Rust-Oleum at 800-908-4050 during regular business hours.

You can also reach out to the company via email at [email protected]