Sodium Sulfide Spot Test

Published: | Updated: October 13, 2017

Definition - What does Sodium Sulfide Spot Test mean?

A sodium sulfide spot test is a localized chemical test to detect any concentration of lead in a coating substance by the application of sodium sulfide to the coating's surface.

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Sodium sulfide spot tests are performed in a qualitative manner by applying the sodium sulfide to a given coating's surface and waiting to observe the formation of a black or gray colored spot. The presence of either of these colors is a result of a chemical reaction between lead and sulfide reactants; therefore, the test serves as an indicator of the presence of lead in the coating.

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