Originally a Hoechst AG trademark for a line of bright, transparent red synthetic organic pigments. Hansa reds, also called toluidine reds, are based on the reaction of beta-naphthol with 2-nitro-4-toluidine. Toluidine red was first synthesized in 1905. In general, toluidine reds have fair lightfastness and weather resistance, and they have a tendency to bleed. They are used in industrial coatings for air-dried and baked enamels and auto finishes. Toluidine reds are also used in wax crayons, pastels and watercolors.
See also Hansa.
Synonyms and Related Terms
toluidine red; Pigment Red 3; CI 12120
Soluble in many organic solvents. Resistant to acid, alkali and soap.
Hazards and Safety
Ingestion can cause cyanosis. Suspected carcinogen.
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