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Chartered Institute of Building Event

Chartered Institute of Building Event

We're very pleased to be exhibiting at the next CIOB event - Keys to the Successful Operation of Historic Buildings - being held at Somerset House, London on May 3rd.

In collaboraton with the National Trust and Somerset House, the CIOB is presenting this one day event focusing on re-use, innovation and sustainability in the built environment. The event will include a series of interactive case studies and real life examples of innovative and effective methods for restoring this country’s building stock.

If you're attending the event, please come and find out more about our products and their suitability for historically accurate renovations and maintenance.

 Please find more details of the event here

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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 !

 

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New: Handy essential oils

New: Handy essential oils

Due to popular demand we’ve introduced handy half-litre bottles of our raw linseed oil, boiled linseed oil and balsam turpentine, making your smaller projects more cost-effective and offering handy sized bottles so your essential oils are always on hand. Discover these great linseed oil products here.

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Raw Linseed Oil

Raw linseed oil is exactly that! It’s 100% natural, cold-pressed, matured linseed oil from Sweden. It’s a great multipurpose potion for any painter and decorator or keen DIYer to keep in their cupboard. Used for oiling interior wood, it offers superior preservative qualities. It’s also a fundamental tool for decorating with linseed paint as the oil is used to thin the paint down, allowing for application of thin coats which is essential. We recommend using raw linseed oil when painting very dry, porous wood. 

Boiled Linseed Oil

Boiled linseed oil has a faster drying time than raw linseed oil, making it a very useful tool when treating indoor wood surfaces. Boiled linseed oil offers a rich, mellow patina to stripped or bare wood. Just like raw linseed oil, boiled linseed oil can also be used for diluting linseed paint.

Balsam Turpentine

Made from extracts of organic distilled resin from Arentinian pine trees, balsam turpentine is 100% natural. If you’re working with hard woods, we recommend using balsam turpentine to dilute linseed paint over raw or boiled linseed oil. What’s more, it’s an essential tool for cleaning painting equipment, which is why every painter, decorator or DIYer should have a small bottle in stock.

Buy raw and boiled linseed oil or balsam turpentine here

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NEW: Clear Linseed Oil

NEW: Clear Linseed Oil

We’ve kept it under wraps for long enough. After a lengthly research and development process, we’re excited to launch an innovative new product. Clarity Oil is a natural linseed oil that creates a colourless, transparent finish unlike traditional linseed oil and also offers superior protection. Here’s how…

Linseed Oil Clarity

Linseed’s Natural Finish

Traditional linseed oil produces a wonderful, rich golden tone. However, this doesn’t always fit the brief. That’s why we’ve created Clarity Linseed Oil, which produces a completely 100% natural wood finish with no yellowing. It’s an ideal product for protecting wood and highlighting its authentic hue.

Linseed Pigment Protection 

Did you know that protection against UV breakdown comes from the pigment rather than the oil? Oil is the vehicle to help the pigment get applied and penetrate the surface. It also nourishes the wood and provides the wicking properties. The pigment is essential in giving linseed paint its outstanding claims; long-lasting protection plus many more. 

10 reasons to use linseed paint

Unlike conventional oils, Clarity Linseed Oil contains a special formula; natural linseed oil plus while and grey pigment - that’s it. The pigment protects from UV light to offer a longer-lasting finish to exterior surfaces. Clarity Linseed Oil can be used on all timber for both interior and exterior use.

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How to apply Clarity Linseed Oil

Clarity was developed for exterior applications, but can obviously be used in interiors as well. Clarity oil deliberately does not contain drying agents, so when when treating surface like tables and kitchen worktops, please make sure to allow plenty of days for the oil to dry.

When you first apply Clarity Oil it has the appearance of a whitish/grey wash but transforms to a perfectly clear linseed oil finish.

  • Apply in 2-3 very thin coats. Different types of timber may required more or fewer coats, depending on the absorption level.
  • Apply Clarity linseed oil using a brush and work it really well into your wood.
  • Wipe off any excess oil after 1-2 hours.
  • To maintain the finish, re-oil whenever required.
  • 1 litre of Clarity linseed oil will cover approximately 20-23 m2 of timber.

Clarity Linseed Oil is available in 1-litre and 3-litre tins. Buy Clarity Linseed Oil today from £29.

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Six top tips for restoring a Victorian property

Six top tips for restoring a Victorian property

Nick and Ingrid’s 1904 Victorian home in Harrogate is benefitting from a grand overhaul. Here they tell us about their renovation project…

 

Victoria renovation using linseed oil

 

1. Highlight Historic Features

Nick said: “We’ve been here eight years. The first job we did was rebuild the old entrance porch a year ago.” It’s a grand glass structure featuring ornate stain-glass windows and a vivid aubergine front door. “Even though a weather-shield paint was used it hasn’t even lasted a year and now needs repainting.”

 

2. Wash The Stone

Secondly Nick and Ingrid had their stone washed to give the house a freshen up. However, this highlights further problems. Decorator Ian Stokes said: “You can see the windows are in a real state. A synthetic paint has been used and it’s really flaking. We’re now stripping it down to the bare timber and applying linseed oil paint throughout.”

How to apply linseed oil

 

3. Protect the Timber

Ian encourages all his clients to use linseed paint on their project. “Modern conventional paints form a soft skin over the top of the surface you are painting. Linseed paint soaks in. Being a breathable finish, linseed paint allows for moisture to exit the timber. The penetration of the paint alongside the removal of moisture prolongs the timber lifespan from the decaying process,” says Ian. 

Linseed oil paint offers long-lasting colour and protection and only needs to be maintained every 10-15 years with a quick rub down of raw linseed oil, saving Nick and Ingrid the expense of further renovation in years to come. 

Why decorators use linseed paint

 

4. Conservative Interiors 

Ingrid takes us inside to see the work they’ve done on the interior of the home. “We’ve only managed three rooms so far. I’d like to say it’s a conservative style.” The house is accessorised with grand oak furniture and antique-style decor to compliment this grand Victorian home. “We’d like to paint the rest of the house in linseed oil paint now we’ve discovered what great colours and protection it offers.”

10 reasons to use linseed oil 

 

5. Restore Traditional Features

Next Nick and Ingrid plan to strip down all the internal doors to make a great feature throughout the home. “There’s another job for Oricalcum’s linseed products,” says Nick.

 

6. Go Natural

“No really, since Ian has introduced us to the product I’ve really researched it and even chatted to Oricalcum to get a real understanding of the product. It’s great to see paint returning to its natural roots and turning away from solvent-based synthetic paints. I’m really impressed with their passion.”

Why is linseed oil all natural and eco-friendly

Nick and Ingrid’s renovation is expected to take two to three week. We’re excited to reveal the finished project coming soon…

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When should you refresh your shop front?

When should you refresh your shop front?

When was the last time you stepped back and took a long look at the face of your business? Could your flakey paintwork be prohibiting profit?

The Art Shop retailer of Linseed oil paint

Transform your Turnover

Your window frames, door front and facia formulate a customer’s first impression of your business and are an imperative marketing tool to attract passing trade. 

On the modern highstreet where well-established independent local businesses jostle for attention with shiny new global brands, flakey paintwork and fading colour schemes will be detrimental to your turnover.

10 reasons to use linseed paint

Low-maintenance Makeover

Conventional exterior paints have very short lifespans; some lasting only a year or two. At Oricalcum we transform countless store fronts suffering from decaying woodwork, flaking paint and sun-bleached hues. 

Why decorators use linseed paint?

Our linseed oil paint will transform a store front for life. Maintenance is so minimal, painting the business will offer a huge return on investment. After 10-15 years all that’s needed is to wipe the linseed paint down with a little raw linseed oil on a cloth and it’s as good as new. 

What’s more, linseed oil paint’s wicking property draws moisture out of the surface of the paint to protect wood from rotting and metal from rusting. And one pot of linseed paint can be spread among wooden door and windows, metal railings and gates and even building render.

How to apply linseed paint?

Business Paint Package

We’ve put together a unique package for businesses including everything needed to make it easy to remove that flakey existing paint and rejuvenate the face of the brand.

Give your business a new, long-lasting look for only £299. To order yours today simple add the items above to your basket and use the discount code BUSINESS2016 at check out. Start shopping now

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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.

Chatsworth Blue linseed paint

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).

Chatsworth blue linseed paint

Why do painters and decorators use linseed paint?

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. 

Check out linseed paint colours or use our colour match system

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 info@oricalcum.uk.

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NEW: Free Oricalcum linseed oil paint colour card

NEW: Free Oricalcum linseed oil paint colour card

free linseed oil paint colour card

Walk into your local DIY store and pick up a paint colour card. What you’ll receive is a collage of swatches offering the nearest resemblance to the hues.

Attention to detail 

At Oricalcum we pride ourselves in attention to detail. That’s why, previously, we’ve only supplied individually hand-painted colour cards using our linseed oil paint; not reliant on colours produced by mass printing processes.

Free linseed oil paint colour cards

We’ve been working tirelessly to produce our complimentary printed linseed oil paint colour card, which provides the most accurate representation of the real-life hue you’ll see on your garden shed, front door, window frame, etc.

Order your free linseed oil paint colour card today and start choosing exactly the right shades for your next project.

10 reasons to use linseed paint

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How natural linseed paint helps create eco-friendly homes

How natural linseed paint helps create eco-friendly homes

If you’re concerned about the size of your carbon footprint or aiming to create an eco-friendly home, find out how linseed paint could help.

Ottosson Fargmakeri

Harmful gases

Painting has a huge impact on the environment, whether you’re revamping your garden shed or a commercial decorator working with paint all day.

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are harmful gases emitted into the environment. Solvents in conventional paints contain high levels of VOCs. These solvent-filled paints add to the ongoing problems with our o-zone layer and also damage forests and crops.

Human health is also at risk as these mass-produced solvent paints are causing increasing respiratory problems.

The EU’s Paint Products Directive clamped down on the amount of VOCs in conventional paints. Therefore many paint brands now claim their paints are eco-friendly because they are water-based. However, there are many more environmental harms, which paint brands must take account for. 

Paint processing

Forget smog-filled factory skies and energy-draining manufacture. Linseed paint is produced through entirely natural processes. It is the simple process of taking natural flax seeds, pressing and boiling them to produce linseed oil.

It is then stored for half of the year until the impurities fall to the bottom. It couldn't be a more natural, eco-friendly manufacturing process.

Oricalcum linseed paint is manufactured in Sweden using various mixers and mills. Much of our work is performed manually. The mixing process has a striking similarity with a chef seasoning his pot. It’s all according to the senses. In the chef’s case, it’s with the tongue, in our case, it’s with the eye. The method is mentioned in literature dating back to the 16th Century.

Linseed paint

Natural ingredients 

Linseed oil is made purely from flax seeds and don't contain any harmful solvents. Flax seeds flourish in conditions around the Baltic sea and are cultivated in southern Sweden. Other than modern health foods, flax seeds have little use in modern culture, so cultivation is not a burden on our resources. 

Natural linseed paint pigment

Earth’s own pigments

Linseed oil is mixed with pigments to produce a rich and vivid colour palette of paints. To ensure the paint remains eco-friendly only natural, mainly earth-based pigments are used. For example, Oricalcum’s Chatsworth Blue actually contains genuine cobalt pigment. All Oricalcum’s paint colours contain white titanium-zinc, which has the added benefit of having excellent anti-mould growth properties.

Biodegradable paint

It’s not just the application of paint where environmental concerns come into play. Solvent paints give off nasty gases for up to two years after application.

What’s more, they flake and peel without biodegrading. Add to that the need to repaint every few years, which replenishes these nasty gases into the environment. 

Linseed paint is made with natural products using natural pigments and no solvents. One of the benefits of linseed paint is it's such a long-lasting product it needs little reapplication. Linseed oil also decomposes naturally without leaving any harmful waste.

 
 

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Support the BeeCause

Support the BeeCause

Oricalcum are giving away a pack of seeds with every pot of paint ordered as part of our initiative to support the BeeCause. Find out why...

BeeCause linseed paint seeds

BeeCause has been set up by Friends of the Earth because our relationship with the honeybee is not sustainable.

"Without bees, our environment and economy - including our food - are in trouble too.  We need them to pollinate our fruit and vegetables - it would cost farmers £1.8 billion a year to hand pollinate crops," says Friends of the Earth.

The number of honeybee colonies has decreased drastically in recent years. The BeeCause aims to combat that through educational initiatives.

As an eco-friendly company whose all natural products are made simply by pressing flax seeds to produce linseed oil, we felt Oricalcum could help the BeeCause by spreading the word to its eco-friendly paint customer. 

Find out more about the BeeCause or get your pot of eco-friendly paint and start saving the bees now.

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