The origins of Zinc as a pigment for paint date back to 1782, when zinc oxide was suggested as a white pigment. Guyton de Morveau at L’Académie de Dijon, France, reported on white pigments and the raw materials which might serve as white pigments, including zinc oxide in that year. He suggested zinc oxide as a substitute for white lead. Metallic zinc had originally come from China and the East Indies. When zinc ore was found in Europe, large-scale production of the extracted metallic zinc began. In 1794 and 1796 patents were issued for the manufacture of zinc oxide to the English colourmaker John Atkinson of Harrington Near Liverpool.
For best practice use Zinc White for creating strong tints, glazing techniques and toning down colours.