A green copper salt that is generally used as a solution in mineral spirits or oils. Copper naphthenate is used as a fungicide, insecticide, wood preservative, and as a component in antifouling paints. A 0.1% solution has also been used as a paper treatment to minimize the growth of mold and fungi (Roberts and Etherington 1982). Copper naphthenate can leave a green residue on treated materials.
Synonyms and Related Terms
copper salt of naphthenic acid; Cuprinol; Wittox-C
Soluble in benzene, mineral spirits, oils.
Hazards and Safety
Flammable. Toxic by ingestion and inhalation. Skin contact may cause irritation.
M.Roberts, D.Etherington, Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: a Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1982.
Sources Checked for Data in Record
- Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
- Matt Roberts, Don Etherington, Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: a Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington DC, 1982
- Dictionary of Building Preservation, Ward Bucher, ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York City, 1996
- Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997