Zinc naphthenate

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Viscous amber color liquid that is very soluble in acetone. Zinc naphthenate is found as a drier, preservative, and wetting agent in paints, varnishes, and resins. It is also used as an insecticide, and fungicide.

Other Properties

Soluble in acetone.

Composition Zn(C6H5COO)2

Hazards and Safety

Combustible. May cause mild tissue irritation upon contact, inhalation or ingestion.


  • Michael McCann, Artist Beware, Watson-Guptill Publications, New York City, 1979
  • Dictionary of Building Preservation, Ward Bucher, ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York City, 1996

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