Contractor Grade Swedish Linseed Oil
Paint. What to Expect.
All external surfaces are affected by the environment, global climate
change, pollution and general acidification.
Linseed oil paint is not exempt from problems with dirt, mildew
The linseed oil products are free from solvents and free from environmentally
harmful toxins as much as possible.
Customers must take the responsibility for all appropriate surfaces
preparation and maintenance cleaning. If necessary, clean the surface
with a natural PH neutral dish soap. If the surface is very dirty,
use the linseed oil soap or linseed oil soap flakes.
Linseed oil paint will NOT create a barrier on the surface that
will block mildew spores from within the wood. Anything inside the
wood grain that wants to come to the top of the surface will come
right through the paint.
The large amount of organic matter circulating in the exterior
air can often settle on the linseed oil paint surface and may feed
mold. Cleaning is a natural process of maintenance.
We are handling a 97% natural coating that is safe to work with
and is easy to maintain. Free of petrochemical acrylics and solvents.
The main goal with a 97% petrochemical free coating is to preserve
wood and metal for a long time without the adverse effects from
petrochemicals acrylic oils. If applied on a dry and clean surface,
there is a very slim chance of cracking or peeling. Linseed oil
paint will strengthen the entire thickness of the wood over time.
You are nourishing the entire thickness of the wood with the linseed
oil and not just the surface. No wood decay if maintained regularly
with purified organic linseed oil.
Always clean the surface well before applying the linseed oil paint
using the linseed oil soap. Light dirt can be cleaned with a natural
Avoid using chlorine and or TSP for cleaning as this aids in promoting
mildew and will guarantee that the surface needs to be cleaned regularly.
Using the linseed oil soap flakes is gentler than linseed oil soap
on linseed oil painted surfaces.
What You Didn't Know About Paint Made from Flax Oil
Should you really use a natural oil on the walls?
Yes, you should. After reading this you will understand why you
should use natural oil grown in a field instead of a chemical created
in laboratory on the walls or the roof.
Using natural binders like linseed oil has many advantages. You
reduce the consumption of environmentally hazardous solvents, biocides
and other additives for example. Linseed oil, extracted from flax
seed, is one of the most useful natural oils. It is used as a preservative
for wood as well as an ingredient in paints, varnishes, and stains.
What is left after the oil has been pressed out of the flax seeds
are used to make pellets for animal feed and also use to boost Omega
3 in eggs and meat widely sold in the USA.
Organic paint made with natural ingredients and a very small amount
of paraffin look and feel very natural. The flax oil-based paint
gives a special glow to the wall in a way that modern paint cannot.
A Little Bit of History
The use of flax is nothing new. It’s been used
as food and clothing for over 9000 years. The oldest pictures of
flax cultivation were found in Egyptian graves from 2400-2100 B.C.
To use Linn-seed (flax) to protect wood and to paint houses has
been done for the last 300 years in Scandinavia. Before the 15th
Century only churches and similar exclusive buildings were painted
in Sweden. The paint used was distemper, lime wash and sometimes
tar. The pigments available were earth pigments, such as iron dioxide
and other minerals. These were the only available pigments until
the middle of the 17th century and have traditionally been used
in Scandinavian countries.
What is In The Paint?
Modern paints are far more complex chemically and
physically than early paints. More ingredients have been added to
the original concept of a simple three-part system of pigment, binder,
and bulk. We make it simple by going back to the old material.
Oil: The oil in the paint penetrates the surface of the
wood and the pores and cavities in the wood are filled with oil.
There is no room for water and this prevents the wood from decay.
Simultaneously, the water-repellant property of the oil works on
the same principle as water on a ducks back. The wood is kept dryer
and fungi growth is greatly reduced.
Pigment: It is the pigments that give the paint its color
and ability to cover. Common pigments in oil based paint are titanium
dioxide, zinc oxides, dolomite, chalk and talcum. Other common pigments
used to color the paints are industrially made iron oxides and earth
pigments like sienna, Ochre’s and Umbers. You can find the
earth pigments where they occur naturally as decomposed soil.
Almost all these pigments can be used without risk to the environment
or your health.
Emulsion paint is a stronger version of distemper.
When linseed oil is mixed with water – then you get emulsion
paint. The principle is when fatty acids are mixed evenly into water;
you get an emulsion – like milk.
To differentiate emulsion paint from latex and acrylic paint, the
emulsion paint should build a permeable, breathing coat. The percentage
of oil in the mix must be perfectly matched to make the paint suitable
for interior and exterior walls. By adding 20% clean water to the
linseed oil paint, mixing with a high speed mixer will create an
excellent cleanable surface for stone, concrete and also for wood
in kitchens and bathrooms.
Why Use Natural Paint?
In Sweden and we have a large amount of timber houses
which needs to be protected. That’s why we have plenty of
experience in paint. Many houses are more than 150-200 years old.
The old houses were at first painted with linseed oil containing
white lead. Since lead isn’t particularly good for your health,
it was later exchanged for zinc oxide.
The houses painted with linseed oil seldom had to change a single
wood board because of decay.
The linseed oil in the paint gradually oxidizes with the oxygen
in the air.
Over the years it becomes ‘chalky’, it fades and become
even more beautiful and it is still protecting the wood.
What Does Swedish Linseed Oil Paint Do?
We have created a unique, modern, high quality paint
based on traditional recipes.
One important thing to remember is that all surfaces aren’t
- The south side is exposed to more sun than the north side.
- The north side is more exposed to fungi attacks.
- Threes growing near a house increases the risk of growth of
- Even the location of the house matters, for example, whether
a house is on the coast or not.
Our paint has been developed over several years to be able to resist
the Scandinavian weather - hot summers, cold winters. Our paints
have high dry content which means that the paint will cost less
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