Paints and Inks
Zirconium compounds are used as driers in solvent based paint where zirconium has substituted lead due to its toxicity. Zirconium carboxylates are the most come compounds used for this. In inkjet coatings, zirconium compounds are used to improve the print quality be reducing ink spread on the coated layer. In addition to this the zirconium chemicals also promote better adhesion of ink to metal and plastic substrates. Zirconium propionate is a compound used to improve adhesion to difficult surfaces.