According to the manufacturer,LeadOut doesn’t simply dissolve paint — it actually reacts with lead on a molecular level and converts it to nonhazardous lead sulfide. The soy-based product can be applied without gloves or a respirator, the company says, and is capable of stripping as many as five layers of paint per application (coverage ranges from 80 to 125 square feet per gallon). It comes in quarts, gallons, and five-gallon containers for $33, $100, and $490.

Franmar Chemical, 800/538-5069,

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