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Do modern porcelain-finished tubs contain lead? Do fiberglass, acrylic, or "Vikrell" contain BPAs or phthalates?

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Mar 12, 2013 01:12 AM
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I am looking for the least toxic option for a new tub. I have read that porcelain tubs can contain lead. Is this true for modern tubs, manufactured since the late 1970's when the ban on lead paint went into effect? On the other hand, do the fiberglass, acrylic, and "other" material tubs, like Sterling's Vikrell, contain endocrine disruptors, like BPAs? I am not only talking about the material from which the tub is made, but any gel-coat or other material put on the surface to make it shiny. I have not been able to find the answer to this question elsewhere on the internet.




 

 

I am looking for the least toxic option for a new tub. I have read that porcelain tubs can contain lead. Is this true for modern tubs, manufactured since the late 1970's when the ban on lead paint went into effect? On the other hand, do the fiberglass, acrylic, and "other" material tubs, like Sterling's Vikrell, contain endocrine disruptors, like BPAs? I am not only talking about the material from which the tub is made, but any gel-coat or other material put on the surface to make it shiny. I have not been able to find the answer to this question elsewhere on the internet.

Dear Julie,

I am not surprised you had difficulty finding answers to your questions. Most
manufacturers are quite proprietary about their manufacturing processes and more specifically finishing processes.

Cast iron, fiberglass, acrylic, Vikrell

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