What product should I use for child safe colors on toys?

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Forum topic by Les Casteel posted 06-21-2016 06:25 PM 1131 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Les Casteel

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06-21-2016 06:25 PM

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Well, I was presented with a new baby boy grandson. I’ve always planned to build toys for them when they arrived. But, I am completely at a loss for what kind of paint or stain to use for children’s toys. I know that the government recently passed some laws for that (on resale) and I would like to have something safe. Any ideas?

-- Les, Missouri,

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#1 posted 06-21-2016 07:54 PM

All paints & stains have been lead free since the 70’s. Any new can of finish should do. Shellac is all natural and is used in food processing (it’s what gives M&M’s their shine).

BLO (Boiled Linseed Oil) & paste wax is also traditional & food safe.

Worry more about chew splinters. Finish to at least 240, or better yet, 400.


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#2 posted 06-22-2016 02:38 AM

If you are looking for color try Arti Toymaker’s Dye. Comes in many colors. Kid safe and non toxic. You can buy it from Highland Hardware. Mix it in boiling water and let it dry and cover with salad bowl finish.

-- Bob, FL Keys

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#3 posted 06-22-2016 04:19 AM

I recently made some for my son…I used food coloring mixed with rubbing alcohol. Once dried, I used shellac to seal them and prevent them from getting color all over everything. Worked great.

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#4 posted 06-22-2016 07:02 AM

Milk paint is another option

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#5 posted 06-22-2016 12:44 PM

I make childrens products for a living.

Any paint, stain or finish that is water based and made in the USA is safe for babies, children and everybody once it has dried.

I use paints and finish purchased from Sherwin Williams.

-- Jim Beachler, Chief Puzzler,

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#6 posted 06-22-2016 06:41 PM

Thanks very much for the information, it helped very much!

-- Les, Missouri,

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