Chrome red

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Chrome red


A basic lead chromate pigment that ranges in shades from orange to red. First made in 1809 by Vauquelin, basic lead chromate is formed by heating Lead chromate and Sodium hydroxide solution. The color of chrome red or chrome orange can vary from a brown-yellow to a brick-red color depending on particle size and to the ratio of lead oxide to lead chromate. The synthesized version is chemically the same as the mineral phoenicochroite. It is stable in light but is not widely used because of its sensitivity to sulfur gases. Most often, chrome red is used as an anticorrosive base coats for steel. See also Chrome yellow.

Chrome red

Synonyms and Related Terms

red lead chromate; Pigment Red 103; CI 77601; Chromrot (Deut.); rouge de chrome (Fr.); rojo de cromo (Esp.); rosso cromo (It.); vermelho de crómio (Port.); chrome orange, Persian red; Austrian red; Derby red; Chinese red; Vienna red; Victoria red; American vermilion; garnet chrome; ruby red chrome; Austrian cinnabar; chrome vermilion


  • Toxic by inhalation or ingestion.
  • Skin contact may cause irritation or ulcers.
  • Carcinogen, teratogen, suspected mutagen.
  • Discolored by heat and sulfur fumes.

Physical and Chemical Properties

Soluble in strong acids and alkalis. Can change to yellow in acetic acid. Insoluble in water. Deep orange-red color in PPL, distinct tabular morphology in many crystals (denotes synthetic form as opposed to mineral source), around 10um in length. Birefringence strongly masked by the body color. Occasional green interference colors, much less marked than would be observed with red lead.

Composition Pb2O(CrO4)
CAS 7758-97-6
Density 6.7 g/ml
Molecular Weight mol. wt. = 323.2
Refractive Index 2.42; 2.7

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Resources and Citations

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