… and in paints and enamels

  • XRF analysis shows that Sb widely occurs in paints-enamels up to concentrations of 6%.
  • Old paints contain Sb as an anti-chalking agent.
  • Newer, brightly-coloured paints may contain Sb as a colour fastener.
  • In glass and ceramics, Sb is present as a pigment, fining agent, opacifier or fastener.
  • Sb in these products is not regulated but its health risks remain largely unknown.

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