Zinc White (No. 103) (Withdrawn)

Due to concerns being raised regarding the film strength of this white we have chosen to cease making it and using it in other colours – We decided to change the formulation of Zinc only out of an abundance of caution. While Zinc has been used in many manufacturers paints over the years the amounts are not enough to cause damage as other paint products can, such as solvents and driers. In that respect please accept that there is nothing wrong with your current MH zinc product if used appropriately.

In the meantime, we will leave the information below for those artists who might still wish to be informed about the history and use of the colour.

Zinc White was first used in 18th century France and its early misuse as a canvas primer seems to have frightened artists away from examining its unique qualities. It has a cool transparency and a subtle power enabling artists to create slightly hued mixes which retain their chromatic intensity and brightness, unlike those made by the blasting strength of the Titanium Whites. The softness of its surface when dry is not a disadvantage when it is used in this way, as the better curing paints will strengthen the mix. Concerns have been raised regarding the long-term strengths of Zinc White and we await the results of further studies. Zinc White is perfect for mixing colours providing for a brilliance that one cannot achieve by mixing with Titaniums.

Colour IndexPW4
Drying Speed Slow
TransparencyAverage
LightfastnessExcellent
Oil ContentOil
Tint PowerHigh
ToxicityNon-Toxic
ASTM D-4236 ✔
*We always advise artists to conduct their own test for suitability.