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Falun Red and Black Paint from Sweden

History of Falun Red Paint | Pigment | Painting Advice

Classic exterior paint used for centuries in Scandinavia for under $40.00/gallon. Never scrape this paint - and it never peels. It lasts for decades.

Falun Red paint is for new wood or wood that has all paint removed with the Silent Paint Remover. Surface should be clean and dry for optimum penetration. On previously painted surfaces: use the Allback linseed oil exterior paint. Brick Red color (# 50014) is quite close to the falun red paint but will have a semi gloss surface. Maintain the Falun paint with the organic boiled linseed oil when the surface looks dry. Brush the surface off or clean with the linseed oil soap if needed. How often the surface has to be maintained depends on how dry the wood is. *Always use the Purified Organic Boiled Linseed Oil to avoid any mildew issues in the future. Standard boiled linseed oil from a paint store is not cleaned and can cause mildew.

View Larger ImageNOW INCLUDES THE TRADITIONAL FALUN RED PAINT BRUSH WITH EACH 11lb BOX! 5 1/4" wide & 1 1/2" thick. Wood handle.

Recipe: Makes 6 gallons of paint and covers approximately 650 square feet of surface.

  • 4 - 5 gallon of water
  • 4 Quarts of Purified Organic Boiled Linseed Oil
  • 1 Quart of linseed oil soap or any natural hand- or dish washing soap

Note: We discourage using linseed oil from a regular paint store due to issues with mildew. Using Organic purified linseed oil will significantly reduce the risk of mildew.

Falun Red Paint Powder

Red Classic Paint Powder is Now Discontinued: Red Pine Tar Stain is a great substitute for Falun Red and will create a similar color. Brick Red Linseed Paint (color # 50014) is quite close to the Falun Red paint but will have a semi gloss surface.

# 30341
   
Falun Black Paint Powder - Includes traditional Falun Red paint brush. 11 1bs.
# 309318
Price: $195.00
 
Purified Boiled Linseed Oil (Allback) - 1 qt. # 50093
 
Linseed Oil Soap - 1.05 qt. # 50021
 

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History of Falun Red Paint

1600's

The first evidence of the use of Falun Red Paint leads as far back as the 1500s. Timber houses painted red were symbols of wealth and status. The red brick buildings found on the continent served as models for this style. City governments ordered street facades to be painted red before royal visits.

1700's

The red-paint techniques spread from the cities and throughout the countryside, and manor estates were built using the cross-beamed method and painted red. From the manor estates, the fashion spread to wealthy master-miner estates, farms and clergy residences. At the same time, it became more common that buildings in cities were paneled and painted with light-colored oil-based paints.

1800's

Farmers painted their dwelling houses and sheds. Towards the end of the 1800s Falun Red Paint had reached the common citizen. National romanticism swept the country and Carl Larsson’s Sundborn estate contributed to the dream of the little red cottage.

1900's

The homestead movement and the homeowner movement of the 1930s contributed to an upswing in red paint usage. The postwar era saw the introduction of acrylic and modern oil paints. In recent years, however, an increasing number of young architects have used Falun Red Paint in modern architecture. At the same time, the general interest in building preservation has increased, and thereby even the interest in Sweden’s national color and its time-tested characteristics.

Pigment

Pigment Genuine Falun Red Paint contains pigment from the mineralization of the Falun copper mine in Sweden. Red mull is created from ore with a low copper content that has decomposed for a long time. In addition to copper, red mull contains a rare composition of iron ochre, silicon dioxide and zinc, which together have a protective effect on timber. The mull is washed, sifted and roasted, after which it is ground to a fine pigment and boiled into paint. This results in paint with a beautiful, matte finish and a translucent surface with course silicon dioxide crystals that reflect rays of light. In warm evening light, the red color becomes intense and almost glows.

Painting Advice

Weather conditions for painting: Do not apply to surfaces exposed to strong sunlight or to wet surfaces (the moisture content of the wood should be less than 15% – ask your timber supplier). Avoid painting if the air temperature is less than 5°C or if there is any risk for night frost. To avoid any chance of mildew in the Falun paint, use the Allback Purified Organic Boiled Linseed Oil in the recipe.

Drying time: Falun Red Paint dries in about one hour. However, keep masking sheets on windows and foundations for a few days as a protective measure. Heavy rains may cause the paint to run and stain the foundation. Paint may not adhere to nail heads and timber knots after one coat, so a second coat on these areas is necessary.

Visit falurodfarg.com

Lean more about Falun Red Paint from Sweden: visit www.falurodfarg.com/eng or download the brochure from the manufacturer's website.

 

 
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