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


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

Physical and Chemical Properties

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

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

Resources and Citations

  • 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