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Project Walk Through

Project Walk Through

We can appreciate that starting a project can be a little daunting, so with the help of our friends Nouveau Décor, we’re going to walk through a project, step by step, that they’re currently undertaking using our linseed oil paint. The project is to renovate a large, sliding garage door, but the steps could easily be replicated across any wood based project.

Step 1: Removing the existing paint

The first thing you need to do is remove the existing paint. However tempting it is just to paint over what’s already there, doing so will prevent the linseed oil paint from forming a bond with the wood, and water will still exist between the wood and the old paint, so blisters and cracks may still occur. We can appreciate that the mechanical removal of paint can be hard work, but the end results will stand the test of time, and the effort will be well worth it. For this project, we used the Speedheater Cobra, and as you can see this makes the job much easier.

Step 2: Applying some knotting primer

If you’ve ever painted bare wood without using a knotting primer, you may have seen a yellow stain appearing on your beautiful paintwork weeks, months or even years later – just above where the knots are. This is because knots continue to leak sap as time passes, and they will discolour your paintwork. Here, we’ve used Shellack Knotting Primer, which effectively seals the knots and prevents this from happening.

Step 3: Preparing your base coat of linseed paint

For a base coat, we would recommend using 50% linseed oil paint, 35% raw linseed oil, and 15% balsam turpentine, mixed thoroughly. For this project, we’ve chosen Fairburn as our colour, to give a classic, clean finish.

Step 4: Applying your first coat of paint

Time to paint……it’s as simple as that really !

Step 5: Drying

The first coat of linseed oil paint takes approximately 7-8 hours to dry, with subsequent coats taking a little longer - but this obviously depends on weather conditions. Natural ultraviolet light is the key ingredient here, as that is the drying agent for linseed oil paint, and the sunnier it is, the quicker the paint will dry.


This is still a work in progress, and we’ll be applying the top coat of pure linseed paint soon, and will share the final results on here soon.


If you’ve got any questions about this project, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and we will be able to advise on your project.


Happy painting !


  • Post author
    Paul Stevens