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.


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

Priority Care: SDS

Physical and Chemical Properties

Soluble in acetone. Composition = Zn(C6H5COO)2

Resources and Citations

  • 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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