Genuine Japan Drier

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Concentrated 10% lead and 2% manganese driers in spirits of gum turpentine and linseed oil, prepared according to late 19th-century historical formula. Learn more.

“Japan drier” is a common term for any oil drying agent mixed with drying oils such as linseed oil and alkyd-oil paints to speed up “drying.” The name refers to “japannning,” a term for drying oils as an imitation or substitution for urushiol-based Japanese lacquer. In the nineteenth century, Japan driers often were made with lead and manganese in a base of linseed oil, turpentine, and natural resin. The resins used were copal, dammar, rosin, and shellac. Today, most Japan driers consist of manganese in a base of linseed oil and mineral spirits.

Manganese is a primary oxidizing (active) drier. Used alone and in thick paint applications, it tends to cause wrinkling. Manganese is often combined with lead, zirconium, calcium, or a combination of these metals as a drying initiator.

Lead is an effective auxiliary drier when used in conjunction with active driers, such as manganese. Lead promotes the through drying of the paint film. It improves the action of manganese drier, is used in conjunction with it, and assists in the “through dry” of oil and alkyd paint.


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

Physical Properties
Appearance:Dark brown liquid
Color (Gardner):Brown
Lead Content:10%
Manganese Content:2%
Non Volatile Content:47%
Specific Gravity (@25° C., kg/L):1.02
Viscosity (@25° C., Gardner):A1

Health and Safety

WARNING! CONTAINS TURPENTINE AND LEAD. Exposure may cause skin and eye irritation. Overexposure will cause dizziness, drowsiness, headache, nausea, and cracking or drying of the 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. Avoid swallowing.
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 TimeUsually ships the next business day.
Size2 fl oz

Hazard Indentification

GHS classification in accordance with OSHA (29 CFR 1910.1200)

  • Hazardous to the aquatic environment - long-term hazard (chapter 4.1), Cat. 1

  • Hazardous to the aquatic environment - acute hazard (chapter 4.1), Cat. 1

  • Specific target organ toxicity, repeated exposure (chapter 3.9), Cat. 2

  • Toxic to reproduction (chapter 3.7), Cat. 1A

  • Toxic to reproduction (chapter 3.7), Cat. 1


Exclamation MarkHealth HazardEnvironment
GHS07: Exclamation MarkGHS08: Health HazardGHS09: Environment

Contains Lead Linoleate

Signal Word: Danger

Hazard Designation

H302 Harmful if swallowed.

H332 Harmful if inhaled.

H360 May damage fertility or the unborn child.

H373 May cause damage to organs through prolonged or repeated exposure.

H410 Very toxic to aquatic life with long-lasting effects.

Safety Designation

P260 Do not breathe dust/fume/gas/mist/vapors/spray.

P261 Avoid breathing dust/ fume/ gas/ mist/ vapors/ spray.

P280 Wear protective gloves/ clothing/ eye/ face protection.

P281 Use personal protective equipment as required.

P405 Store locked up.

P501 Dispose of contents/ container according to regional, national, and international regulations.

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