Lead oleate

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A waxy powder that can be prepared by the reaction of oleic acid with lead carbonate. Lead oleate is a liquid at 16% lead and a solid at 37% lead. Lead oleate is use as a drier in oil paints and varnishes to speed the polymerization and oxidation processes.

Synonyms and Related Terms

oleic acid lead salt

Other Properties

Soluble in ethanol, benzene, ether, turpentine. Insoluble in water.

Composition Pb(C18H33O2)2
CAS 1120-46-3

Hazards and Safety

Toxic by inhalation or ingestion. Combustible. Skin contact may cause irritation or ulcers. Carcinogen, teratogen, suspected mutagen.

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
  • The Merck Index, Martha Windholz (ed.), Merck Research Labs, Rahway NJ, 10th edition, 1983 Comment: entry 5435

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