Trouble shooting & FAQ: Contractor
Grade Swedish Linseed Oil Paint
Crackle Finish. If the surface is saturated with organic
raw linseed oil and it is not completely absorbed into the wood
grain before applying the top coats, you can end up with a crackled
surface within a year of application. The rule of ”No lean
on fat” apply with this linseed oil paint. Remedy: Clean the
surface well with the linseed oil soap and let surface completely
dry. Apply the top coats of the linseed oil paint.
The wood grain shows through the linseed oil paint. This
linseed oil paint should be applied with three top coats after one
coat of a primer coat. Add 20% boiled linseed oil to this linseed
oil paint as a primer coat. Make sure the surface is completely
dry. Remedy: Add enough coats of linseed oil paint to cover the
wood grain or the surface in general.
Linseed oil paint is not drying. This linseed oil paint
will take 1-2 days to dry in 60 degree temperature. Colder temperature
will slow drying. Remedy: Make sure each linseed oil paint coat
is dry before each coat.
Maintenance. This linseed oil paint should normally only
be cleaned until the substrate needs more pigment. It can take 5-12
years before a new coat of paint is needed depending on location.
Maintenance cleaning: Use a natural PH neutral soap for cleaning.
A good quality organic dish soap should work well. Only in rare
occasions you need to use a harsher linseed oil soap to remove any
contaminants from the surface. Remedy: Use a natural dish soap for
cleaning. Use a linseed oil soap for heavy dirt, mildew and carbon
Linseed oil paint beads on the surface when applying. If
the surface has become contaminated from something in the project
environment, the linseed oil paint can have adhesion issues. The
organic raw linseed oil needs to be completely absorbed into the
substrate before applying the linseed oil paint. Silicone in tack
cloth, painters cups containing BPA, dust spray or other chemicals
can cause adhesion issues. Surface that is not dry may cause adhesion
problems Remedy: Clean the surface with the linseed oil soap. Let
the surface completely dry and apply a coat of the linseed oil paint.
Discard brushes, plastic cups etc that had been used for the project
to avoid re contamination. Avoid Japan drier, chlorine and TSP when
using linseed oil paint as it can cause adhesion issues over time.
Why use zinc in linseed oil paint? Zinc is widely used in
consumer products and was also traditionally used in paint for decades.
Zinc works as an inorganic herbicide and will reduce the chance
of mildew. The linseed oil paint also dries to a harder surface
making it less of a chance of dirt build up. Remedy: Never flush
oil linseed oil paint down the zinc as it is hard for a water treatment
facility to remove it from water. Always use every drop of the linseed
oil paint. Never discard linseed oil paint. Any zinc is sequestered
in the linseed oil paint and very small amounts are actually released
into the environment.
Why using paraffin in the Linseed oil paint? Paraffin is
is also widely used in North America for consumer products. It is
an important component for the linseed oil paint for the drying
process to form a durable surface. Remedy: Never flush oil linseed
oil paint down the sink as it is hard for a water treatment facility
to remove it from water. Always use every drop of the linseed oil
paint. Never discard linseed oil paint. As the paraffin used in
this linseed oil paint is less than 3%, a very small amount is released
into the environment. In comparison to other types of coatings sold
in North America, this linseed oil paint has an extremely low carbon
foot print. Some water based acrylic coatings have a huge amount
of chemicals suspended in water. This is a greater and safer alternative.
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