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10 Reasons to Use Linseed Paint

10 Reasons to Use Linseed Paint

1. Long Lasting 

Linseed paint is steeped in history; traditionally used to colour and protect Swedish houses. Original coats of linseed paint still survive on these houses, which are well over 500 years old.

Linseed paint doesn’t flake or peel over time and needs little maintenance. After about 10 years it’s appearance will be slightly more matte. Many people prefer this look but you can wipe the paint with a little linseed oil which dries quickly and restores the linseed paint to its original sheen. Linseed paint also holds its original vibrant colour fantastically.  

Find out how linseed paint helped with colour confusion at Chatsworth Estate 

2. Easy to Apply

There’s no need for primers or undercoats when working with linseed paint. Therefore it’s both cost and time effective.

Unlike conventional paints, one coat of linseed paint on most surfaces is enough. By adding additional layers you can then build up an attractive satin or semi-gloss sheen. As with all paints, some wooden surfaces my lend themselves better to two coats as wood tends to soak up the initial layer. 

For best effects apply linseed paint to bare timber. A Speedheater is a phenomenal way to strip old paint.

Find out more about Speedheater


3. Stops Rot

Although linseed paint’s rich colours can transform your project, it's designed for much more than home deco. Linseed paint not only acts as a protective film over its surface, it cleverly transforms a two-way transfer of humidity to stop moisture from becoming trapped under the surface of the paint, therefore combatting rot and decay. Ultimately wood won’t rot, iron won’t rust and plaster won’t crumble. 

Beware, there is a host of paints produced using a mixture of various oils. These don’t offer the same protective properties or effects as pure Oricalcum linseed paint and should be avoided.

4. Versatile 

Wood, masonry, plaster, metal, uPVC; linseed paint will paint and protect any surface. While most brands market a range of paint products for different situations, a tin of linseed paint will paint your wooden fence, iron gate, window frame, wall, wardrobe and kitchen cupboards. 

There’s no need for matt emulsion, satinwood, eggshell or gloss versions as one linseed paint pot can transform matt into a gloss sheen simply by adding more coats. 

Check out our range of linseed paints here  

5. Cost Effective

Linseed paint is a thin, oil-based product. One tin of linseed paint will cover anything from 15-22m2 per litre. In comparison, that’s one litre of linseed paint to 2.5 litres of conventional paint. And because it doesn’t require multiple coats, linseed paint works out even cheaper.

Using your pot of linseed paint as an exterior paint and interior paint to colour and protect various surfaces means there’s less waste. Plus there’s no need for primers, undercoats, gloss or emulsion variants; it’s a one-pot-for-all paint. 

Linseed paint is so long lasting it doesn’t require reapplication every few years, making it a long-term investment.

Compare the price of Oricalcum Linseed paint to other paint brands

6. Eco-friendly

So, what is linseed paint? Basically it’s flax seeds pressed to make raw linseed oil which is then boiled. The only material added is natural powdered pigments to produce a varied colour palette. Linseed paint is made through natural, eco-friendly processes using raw, natural materials. What’s unique about linseed paint is there’s no solvents, binders or emulsifiers added, unlike conventional paints.

Linseed paint pigment

7. Odour free

Because linseed paint is such a natural product the absence of solvents, binders or emulsifiers makes it safer and more enjoyable to apply both at home or in the work place. If you’re applying linseed paint on furniture or interiors there’s no need to take your work outside or keep the windows open. Therefore you can get DIY done on the most miserable of days. 

8. Quick drying 

Linseed paint dries naturally when under the suns UV rays in 24 hours. What’s more, you can accelerate the process using a UV light. Linseed paint isn’t oily or sticky and dries to a hard finish. 

9. Vibrant colours

Forget sage and sea green. Linseed paints defy your average colour palette of exterior paints. You can transform your projects using a huge range of rich, deep colours which hold their vivid finish over time. 

What’s more, Oricalcum provides a colour match service. If you want your favourite Farrow and Ball shade transforming into a linseed paint just contact Oricalcum today.

If you’re unsure of the shade to choose that’s where Oricalcum sample pots come in.

Order an Oricalcum linseed paint sample pot

10. Tackle mould

Linseed paint contains an active ingredient called zinc white oxide which combats mould-growth. Therefore there’s no need for additional anti-mould paints or products which could effect the colour of your original paint.

If you'd like advice on using linseed paint on an upcoming project contact Oricalcum today to discuss your project needs.