Japan drier

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A dark-brown liquid siccative that speeds the drying of oil paint. Japan drier usually contains organic acid salts of lead or manganese dissolved in a solution of linseed oil mixed with resin and thinned with turpentine or mineral spirits. It is often used in industrial coatings and is not intended for artists colors.

Resources and Citations

  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • ASTM, "Standard Terminology Relating to Paint, Varnish, Lacquer and Related Products", Annual Book of ASTM Standards, Section 6, Paints, Related Coatings and Aromatics, ASTM, D16, 7-Jan, Jul-96
  • Dictionary of Building Preservation, Ward Bucher, ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York City, 1996

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