Zirconium Drier

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Is used as a replacement for lead driers and to improve through-dry. Metal carboxylates in mineral spirits, 12%Zirconium and 5% Calcium. Learn more.

Zirconium Drier is a concentrated blend of metal carboxylates in mineral spirits, containing 12% zirconium and 5% calcium. Use with cobalt or manganese driers to improve through-dry and as a replacement for lead driers.

Zirconium and calcium are effective auxiliary driers when used in conjunction with active driers, such as cobalt or manganese. Use Zirconium Drier to promote the through drying of paint film. Zirconium is the most effective replacement for lead driers. It also improves gloss and color when substituted for lead. Calcium functions as a pigment wetting agent to improve dispersion of pigments in oil and alkyd vehicles thereby improving gloss and hardness of paint. When ground with pigments it minimizes loss of drying capability of other driers. It improves the action of cobalt driers and is used in conjunction with them and assists in the "through dry" of oil and alkyd paint.

Typically, 0.1% to 0.3% of zirconium metal is added to oil and alkyd paint based on the weight of the binder. Even higher levels may be required for high solids alkyd paint (low in volatile solvents).


Add one drop per 5 ml (about 1 teaspoon) of paint. Suggested use levels should be verified with tests.

Physical Properties
Appearance:Light yellow liquid
Color (Gardner):4
Zirconium Content (% weight):12
Non Volatile Content (% weight):42
Specific Gravity (@25° C., kg/L):1.255
Viscosity (@25° C., Gardner):H

Health and Safety

WARNING! CONTAINS: PETROLEUM DISTILLATES. Exposure may cause skin and eye irritation. Overexposure will cause dizziness, drowsiness, headache, nausea and cracking or drying of skin. Avoid contact with skin. Avoid breathing mist or vapor. Wear safety glasses, protective clothing and chemical resistant rubber gloves when handling. Wash thoroughly after handling. Do not take internally.
Eye Contact: Flush eyes at once with large amounts of water for at least 15 minutes, while holding lids open. Get medical attention.
Skin Contact: Wash thoroughly with soap and water. Wash clothes and shoes before reuse. If irritation persists, get medical attention.
Inhalation: Remove to fresh air.
Ingestion: Seek medical attention.

More Information
BrandRublev Colours
VendorRublev Colours
Processing TimeOrders ship on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Size2 fl oz

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