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How to apply linseed paint

How to apply linseed paint

Linseed oil paint doesn’t flake or peel, it provides a protective coating to wood, metal and render, it’s long-lasting and easy to maintain. What’s more, it’s so simple to apply. This how-to guide illustrates just how easy it is to use linseed oil paint at home.

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Step 1: Remove existing paint

To ensure you exploit all the benefits of linseed paint such as its moisture-wicking properties, prevention from decay, long-lasting protection and many more, you should apply linseed paint to bare timber, metal or render. 

A Speedheater Cobra offers the quickest and most effective way to remove existing paint. Using gentle infrared heat to remove paint, varnish, putty and even lead paint at lower temperatures, a Speedheater Cobra also avoids scorching wood and cracking glass.

If you can’t remove all the existing paint simply ensure it’s removed from the bottom third of the area you are painting. Gravity will push moisture down to this area, where it will sit and accelerate rot and decay. The linseed paint must be applied to the bare material here to take full advantage of the paints breathability and wicking properties.

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Step 2: Dilute and paint

Apply linseed paint in two or three thin coats. The first coat of linseed paint should be diluted with raw linseed oil.

If you are painting soft woods such as pine apply the linseed paint at a ratio of 50% linseed paint, 50% raw linseed oil. For exotic hard woods such as mahogany, teak and sapele apply using a ratio of 50% linseed paint, 35% raw linseed oil and 15% balsam turpentine

Apply a thin coat and wait until the paint is dry to touch (this should be 24 - 48 hours depending on the weather).

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Step 3: Paint straight from the tin

The second coat of linseed paint can be applied straight from the tin. There is the option to apply a third coat if necessary. Remember to always apply in thin coats. 

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Step 4: Maintain

Linseed paint requires very little maintenance, unlike conventional paints which require refreshing regularly. Using linseed paint you’ll benefit from only having to carry out maintenance every 10-15 years; and we don’t mean repainting. After 10-15 years from applying the linseed paint, take a cloth or brush and wipe down the surface of the paint with raw linseed oil. That’s it!

Free advice 

If you’ve got a unique or difficult project and need a little extra help Oricalcum offers free customer advice to ensure you make the most of our linseed paint. Contact us today on 01423 500694 or email