A new chelating resin was synthesized by immobilizing 1-(2-thiazolylazo)-2-naphthol through the -N=N- group on Amberlite XAD-1180. The resin was used for the preconcentration of Cd(II), Co(II), Cu(II), Mn(II), Ni(II), and Pb(II) ions and their determination by flame atomic absorption spectrometry (FAAS). The influences of some analytical parameters, such as the pH, volume of the sample, flow rates of the sample and eluent, matrix components, amount of the resin, and amount and type of the eluent on the recovery, were investigated. Those metals retained on the resin at pH 8.5 were eluted with 25 mL of 2 mol L-1 HNO3. The sorption capacity of the resin was determined, except for Pb(II). The recoveries were found to be >= 95%, and the relative standard-deviation values were <= 4.3%. The detection limits were in the range of 0.1 - 3.6 mu g L-1. For the accuracy of the method, the analysis of a certified reference material was performed. This method was applied to environmental water samples.