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Frequently Asked Questions

What's in Petroleum based acrylic and oil paint that I should be aware of?

Does Acrylic paint cause allergies?

Why is the paint industry so resistant to using linseed oil paints?

Why have linseed oil paints earned such a bad reputation in the last 50 years?

What is "boiled" linseed oil and linseed oil paint?

Can I paint with linseed oil paint on unknown surfaces?

How can I most easily find out what type of paint has been used previously?

Is it true that linseed oil paint does not bind as well on planed panels?

Is it difficult to paint with linseed oil paints?

Does it matter what kind of brush I use?

Will the linseed white paint yellow?

Can I paint an outdoor wall with linseed oil paint directly in sunlight?

Is it true that linseed oil paints contain lead white and are poisonous?

Will linseed oil paints be damaged by impurities in the air and acid precipitation?

Many people would like to use linseed oil paints both in and outdoors, but complain that the paint dries slowly. What should I bear in mind?

Why does the surface of linseed oil paints go matte?

When is the paint dry?

What is the most important aspect a homeowner should think about before a painting project?

Can I paint Allback Linseed Oil Paints onto an existing coat of modern paint?

Our house is painted in Lead paint. How does Allback Linseed Oil Paint differ?

But I have heard lead paints had good anti-fungicidal properties?

I have heard that some Linseed Oil Paints have had problems with subsequent mold growth?

Does the type of wood affect the effectiveness of Allback Linseed Oil Paints?

I am having new wooden windows made for my house, is it worth painting them with Allback Linseed Oil and Allback Linseed Oil Paint?

Why is the Allback Linseed Oil Paint more cost effective?

How does Linseed Oil Paint compare to vinyl siding?

How does linseed oil paint work?

Does linseed oil paint fade over time?

How can linseed oil paint stick to surfaces that have been treated with linseed oil?

Can you mix a color for me?

Can I use your paints if I am having new sealed, double-glazed window installed?

Why should you apply raw linseed oil to wood prior to painting?

Can I use raw linseed oil by itself on exterior wood?

What is Shellac made of?

What should I use to clean my paintbrushes?

What other uses do you have for Allback Linseed Oil Soap?

How often would I use Linseed Oil Wax on wood?

What is Luslack?

What makes Allback Linseed Oil Paint an environmentally safe linseed oil paint?

What is VOC (Volatile Organic Compound)?

What are the drawbacks with linseed oil paint?

How to tint linseed Linseed Oil Putty/putty?

How does linseed oil paint fade in comparison to Acrylic paint?

Why does wood decay so extensively on old buildings. Is it the quality of the wood?

Why has the quality of wood changed and what can we do about it today?

Does drying time have an impact on the performance of linseed oil paint vs. modern acrylic paint?

How thick should I apply the boiled linseed oil?

What else is Linseed Oil Paint good for?


What's in Petroleum based acrylic and oil paint that I should be aware of?

Ingredients commonly used in petrochemical paint products (Acrylic, Alkyd and Petroleum oil paint) you should be aware of include:

Endocrine disruptors (BPA) Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that interfere with our hormone system. These disruptions can cause cancer are are recently linked to obesity and diabetes. Learn More

Halomethanes (methylene chloride) Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that interfere with endocrine (or hormone system) in animals, including humans. These disruptions can cause cancerous..
Learn More:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dichloromethane

Chlorinated ethanes (1,1,1-trichloroethane)
Learn more:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1,1,1-Trichloroethane

Aromatic solvents (benzene, toluene (methylbenzene), ethylbenzene)
Learn More:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethylbenzene

Chlorinated ethylenes (vinyl chloride)
Learn More:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vinyl_chloride

Polynuclear aromatics (naphthalene)
Learn More:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naphthalene

Chlorobenzenes (1,2-dichlorobenzene)
Learn More:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benzene

Phthalate esters (di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate, butyl benzyl phthalate, di-n-butyl phthalate, di-n-octyl phthalate, diethyl phthalate, dimethyl phthalate
Learn More:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phthalate

Miscellaneous semi-volatile organics (isophorone)
Learn More:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isophorone

Heavy metals and their compounds (antimony, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, lead, mercury)
Learn More:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antimony
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cadmium
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hexavalent_chromium
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lead

Preservatives (formaldehyde)
Learn More:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Formaldehyde

Ketones (methyl ethyl ketone, methyl isobutyl ketone)
Learn More:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ketone
http://www.npi.gov.au/database/substance-info/profiles/58.html

Miscellaneous volatile organics (acrolein, acrylonitrile)
Learn More:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acrolein
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acrylonitrile

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Does Acrylic paint cause allergies?

Research shows a strong link between asthma, various new allergies, and other airway diseases.
Here is a new study conducted by a USA, Swedish, and German research team completed in 2010.
Conclusion: take Acrylic paint and other material containing acrylic seriously. It is very dangerous.

Why is the paint industry so resistant to using linseed oil paints?

When modern paint manufacturers try to handle an organic, living material like linseed oil according to the same production principles used in producing cheap, chemical-based paints, the results are disappointing. Over the last 50 years, the handful of paint companies that have become dominant in the industry, instead, prefer to push Alkyd and Acrylic, water-based (plastic) paints on consumers.

The industry has developed a very successful advertising and marketing campaign behind chemical-based, plastic paint. Since paint dealers today are usually brand-bound, they find it difficult to market alternative products like organic Linseed Oil Paint. Until homeowners become more educated about the danger of chemical based paints and their very limited durability and demand organic, solvent free paints, the market will not change.

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Why have linseed oil paints earned such a bad reputation in the last 50 years?

Linseed oil paints have been used for several hundred years and have an accumulated history that is greater than all other families of paints put together. In the 1800's in Europe, linseed oil paint fulfilled all requirements of technical properties, drying time, storage properties, ease of maintenance, appearance, economy, etc.

So why does linseed oil paint have a bad reputation? Many of today's linseed oil products are made with large amounts of solvents to keep them stable and retard mold and mildew. These paints are now classified as harmful to health, the environment and should therefore be avoided. In the USA, most states have now banned paint products containing chemical VOC's. This does not apply to Allback linseed oil paint. Unlike chemical-based linseed oil paints, the Allback paint products are not prone to mold and mildew because Allback linseed oil is "cleaned" organic linseed oil (cold pressed from flax seeds). The Allback cleaning process makes the addition of chemicals unnecessary.

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What is "boiled" linseed oil and linseed oil paint?

Linseed oil paint is a collective name for many different products using linseed oil as a binding agent. Since the definition of linseed oil and linseed oil paint is loose, it includes many different kinds of products, creating much confusion for the consumer. Ironically, with all of our modern technology, it is in the knowledge of traditional methods that we find our best quality products.

Allback linseed oil and linseed oil paint is made from cold pressed flax seed grown in a northern, colder climate. The product is 100% Organic. The cold pressed oil contains about 30% protein that is removed in a cleaning process. The removal of the protein is crucial for preventing mold and mildew. When the protein is removed, the oil can be boiled and sterilized. This is contrary to the linseed oil products available in most paint stores. These products are NOT actually boiled even though they are labeled "boiled". Linseed oil that has the protein cannot be boiled, it is technically impossible (the oil will become explosive when heated.)

If the linseed oil is not boiled and sterilized it does not dry. Substantial amounts of chemical driers have to then be added to these "unclean" linseed oil products. The Allback linseed oil and paint is completely free from any chemical driers and dries naturally within a few days. You can apply the linseed oil paint every 24 hours at about 70 degrees ambient temperature. The longer drying time is one of the reasons why linseed oil paint is so durable and flexible after it is dry. It will not buckle or crack. Linseed oil paint "moves" with the material it is painted on (wood, for example, moves substantially during seasonal changes.)

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Can I paint with linseed oil paint on unknown surfaces?

Yes, good linseed oil paint adheres to all surfaces that are clean and dry. Example: wood, iron, gutters, glass, and alkyd and acrylic based paints in good condition. Linseed oil paint is also excellent for undercoating your car to prevent rust.

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How can I most easily find out what type of paint has been used previously?

Apply raw or "boiled" linseed oil onto the paint surface. If the surface then regains its shine, pigment, and former strength, it is probably some form of linseed oil paint. Doubt can arise where the paint is a mixture of alkyd and linseed oil. Pure linseed oil paint becomes matte after approximately 8-10 years, chalky after approximately 15 years. After 20 years, linseed oil paint cracks into small squares that stay fixed in place. Acrylic paint fades within a short time and without any warning will peel and crack allowing the penetration of moisture that will cause wood to rot.

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Is it true that linseed oil paint does not bind as well on planed panels?

No, our linseed oil paint binds very well on planed wood. There are so-called linseed oil paints on the market that don't soak into the wood and, just like plastic-based paints, stick like tape on the surface. If the timber is very good, rich in resin, and newly planed/milled, it can sometimes be difficult for the linseed oil paint to penetrate into the surface with or without the use of solvents. Extra oily surfaces need extra preparation before painting, so that surplus resin is reduced. Leaving the wood exposed for a year is the easiest method to ready the surface, before the paint is applied. Natural resin-rich wood is not very common in North America today and is not much of a concern. Most wood available in the USA is extremely dry and readily soaks up the linseed oil.

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Is it difficult to paint with linseed oil paints?

The Allback linseed oil paint is very easy to apply. No specific priming is required, although a first coat of the cleaned, boiled, linseed oil is recommended when the wood surface is very dry. This will make the linseed oil paint dry evenly. We have a "one can" paint system: you choose the shade and paint with the same paint outdoors and indoors for all coats without any addition of any solvents. This system means there are no leftover remains of special primer or top coats. You apply thin coats with a stiff natural paintbrush. Clean with linseed oil soap.

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Does it matter what kind of brush I use?

Yes, linseed oil paint requires a brush that has a certain amount of stiffness which makes it possible to spread out the paint to a thin coat. A synthetic brush with a soft top for water-based paints and thin varnishes slips over the linseed oil paints like a tire on a slippery surface. An old-fashioned hog's hair bristle brush works best. These hand made paintbrushes work very well and lasts a lifetime, if used properly. Clean the natural paintbrushes with the linseed oil soap. Leave some soap in the bristles after the brush is clean. For long term storage, store the brushes hanging in purified raw linseed oil. Raw linseed oil will take a very long time to dry and does not turn rancid.

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Will the linseed white paint yellow?

White linseed oil paint of poor quality can yellow considerably. Linseed oil paint of good quality yellows very little and only in the absence of daylight (like under a flowerpot.) The yellow tint disappears if the patch is exposed to daylight. The phenomenon is partly dependent on the quality of the linseed oil. The Allback linseed oil paint is made from Purified Organic Boiled Linseed Oil (all protein form the cold pressed linseed oil is removed before it is made into paint) which has much less tendency to yellow.

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Can I paint an outdoor wall with linseed oil paint directly in sunlight?

Yes, if the linseed oil paint is made for that purpose without any need of solvents. The Allback linseed oil paint is not sensitive to direct sunlight during application.

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Is it true that linseed oil paints contain lead white and are poisonous?

The Allback linseed oil paint is a 100 % chemical and lead free paint. Very old linseed oil paint often contains lead in the form of white lead oxide (white lead). When removing lead-based paint, extensive paint removal with sanders and grinders, etc. is hazardous to your health and the environment. Use infrared heat technology - The Silent Paint Remover - for safe and effective lead paint removal.

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Will linseed oil paints be damaged by impurities in the air and acid precipitation?

The technology used to manufacture linseed oil paint has greatly improved since the old days - making it much more durable. A good linseed oil paint can easily cope with today's environment. It can also become self-cleaning through controlled chalking.

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Many people would like to use linseed oil paints both in and outdoors, but complain that the paint dries slowly. What should I bear in mind?

The slower drying time is the reason why linseed oil paint is superior to any acrylic paint product available today. The linseed oil paint's drying environment is affected by the quality of material, manufacturing process, temperature, ventilation, daylight, humidity, the absorption capacity of the surface and the thickness of the paint layer. Applying a thin coat with a stiff natural brush is very important because of these various circumstances. Most painters and homeowners can paint one coat of linseed oil per day.

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Why does the surface of linseed oil paints go matte?

If the paint has too little linseed oil (binding agent) in relation to pigment, it will look matte from the start. If you, in addition, thin it with large amounts of solvents, it becomes even more matte and causes the paint to chalk quickly, shortening the paint's lifespan. Linseed oil paint's drying process (oxidation with the oxygen in the air) goes on constantly and makes even gloss paint matte in the end, but this takes many years. This is a positive and clear signal to start planning maintenance. Clean and apply a fresh coat of linseed oil or linseed oil wax and the shiny color will return without any other effort. Achieve a quicker penetration of the surface by heating the oil to approximately 80 degrees before the application.

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When is the paint dry?

A surface painted with linseed oil paint, can on contact, appear to be sticky and not dry on account of its high friction. To test whether the surface is dry enough to paint and use, press your thumb hard against the surface and twist. If the top paint layer moves, it is not dry enough. Note: The greatest noticeable drying takes place in the final stages (last third) of the drying process.

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What is the most important aspect a homeowner should think about before a painting project?

Some good advice to house-owners! Knowledge - insight - self-reliance: It is better not to do anything at all than to do the wrong thing. First obtain the knowledge, insight and self-reliance to really look into the problems, since those involved in the business today do not always have the right knowledge about the care of buildings.

Paint penetration test: A simple way of testing whether the linseed oil paint is water repellent and penetrating is to paint a 10" circle on porous paper (floor protecting paper works well). Wait until the paint has dried. If the paint has been expanding outside the circle and soaked through the paper you have a good quality linseed oil paint that will protect and nourish the wood for a long time. You will find if you are doing the same test with acrylic or alkyd paint that they will only stay on the surface without any penetration at all.

Choice of tools: Learn from the past! Study craftsmen who successfully make a living carrying out the jobs you want to do.

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Can I paint Allback Linseed Oil Paints onto an existing coat of modern paint?

Yes, it will still perform, but will be subject to the fallibility of the existing paint. It will therefore, not last as long if the original paint has not been scraped off back to the bare wood. You may also find that it takes longer to dry, as the linseed oil will not soak through the modern paint into the wood as well. Generally, the Allback Linseed Oil Paint will adhere to any surface that is dry and clean.

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Our house is painted in Lead paint. How does Allback Linseed Oil Paint differ?

The main ingredients of Allback Linseed Oil Paints, apart from linseed oil, are Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide. These two constituents are infinitely safer to use than lead. Lead paint's use is restricted in the USA and many other countries. The Allback linseed oil paint colors contain earth pigment that is completely resistant to fading. The colors do dry out over time and may look faded but by adding a coat of the Purified Organic Boiled Linseed Oil, paint luster and color is restored.

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But I have heard lead paints had good anti-fungicidal properties?

True, but Hans Allbäck's traditional method of cleaning and purifying the linseed oil of all proteins and impurities, has given his paints similar anti-fungicidal properties. Our paint also has added natural mold protection in the form of zinc oxide.

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I have heard that some Linseed Oil Paints have had problems with subsequent mold growth?

Not Allback Linseed Oil Paints. The boiled linseed oil used to manufacture the paints has been cleansed of all the proteins using a traditional process. This leaves nothing for bacteria to feed on and accounts for the remarkably light color of Allback linseed oil used in the paint. You may have noticed that artists use the most expensive linseed oils which are virtually clear in color. Many other brands of linseed oils are darker brown and therefore contain impurities and proteins that will cause mildew.

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Does the type of wood affect the effectiveness of Allback Linseed Oil Paints?

Good quality pine, preferably air dried and not kiln dried (which unfortunately most wood is these days) is the best wood to paint on. You can also paint on hardwoods such as oak and some of the tropical hardwoods. Even though there is not a specific linseed oil primer for the Allback linseed oil paint, old, dried out wood requires a first coat of the Purified Organic Boiled Linseed Oil. This will make the paint soak in and dry more evenly.

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I am having new wooden windows made for my house, is it worth painting them with Allback Linseed Oil and Allback Linseed Oil Paint?

Yes definitely. You will not have to go through the time and expense of stripping any old paint off in the future. Just maintain the paint on the window by applying the purified boiled linseed oil or the Linseed Oil Wax every 5-10 years. Consider that a paint job is 90 % labor. You quickly realize that the savings is exponential over time. Using the linseed oil glazing will allow you to apply the linseed oil paint right way without having to wait for the glazing to dry. This is an amazing, instant time saver. Maintain the restored sashes with warmed Purified Organic Boiled Linseed Oil or the linseed oil wax.

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Why is the Allback Linseed Oil Paint more cost effective?

Using Linseed Oil Paint really translates into a substantial cost savings over time. When comparing the cost between Linseed Oil Paint and conventional paint you must first consider that you never have to remove the linseed oil paint and that it never peels. On top of this, the linseed oil will never trap any moisture that can cause the wood to rot. The cost of paint is a small portion of a paint job. The labor cost is the overwhelming part of any restoration job. Eliminating the process of replacing defective wood and repainting is a gigantic cost savings over time.

Maintenance of Linseed Oil Painted surfaces is easy and inexpensive. We recommend a coat of warmed Allback boiled linseed oil or the linseed oil wax after 5-10 years. The next treatment would be after the next 5-8 years: a single coat of the cleaned boiled linseed oil with a few ounces of the paint color you are using mixed in is far less expensive than any other paint systems available today.

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How does Linseed Oil Paint compare to vinyl siding?

100 years ago, most of today's issues with paint failure did not exist. Paint failure was unheard of. The Allback Linseed Oil Paint will last for 50 years or more if you maintain the surface with the cleaned and sterilized linseed oil or Linseed Oil Wax every 5-10 years. Best of all, using the old fashion Linseed Oil Paint instead of vinyl siding will maintain the original appearance of your old house and retain optimal property value.

Vinyl siding has had the perception of being maintenance free. This is an illusion that has been created by the plastic siding industry for years. There are various detrimental effects that may occur from installing vinyl siding. Before an installation, consider this information:

  • Vinyl is not a porous material compared to wood and will ultimately trap moisture behind the vinyl surface. Trapped moisture behind the vinyl surface will attract insects and will rot the wood in your walls.
  • An even more serious issue is the dioxin and plasticizer used in the production of vinyl siding. These chemicals are some of the most dangerous chemicals to living organisms. -In case of a fire, you have large amounts of dangerous chemicals emitted into the air while it burns. If you get close to a burning house with vinyl siding, do not inhale any of the smoke.
  • The environmental impact from vinyl siding is immense. Dioxin will leave the vinyl siding and end up in the ground around your house, threatening ground water, plants and ultimately your own health.
  • Additional insulation is often included when installing vinyl siding. In many situations, the insulation is lined with an aluminum foil; this does not allow moisture to escape. This is a very serious issue for a house that is not able to breath. You can find a multitude of problems in these houses.
  • Plasticizer is the chemical substance that makes vinyl bendable. Over time this will also escape from the vinyl. This will result in a very brittle exterior siding. Vinyl is not maintenance free and has a relatively short life span.

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How does linseed oil paint work?

The linseed oil in the paint gradually oxidizes with the air. After five to ten years it fades, hence why we encourage the application of a layer of warmed, cleaned, boiled linseed oil. The capillary effect of the linseed oil in the paint will continuously penetrate into the wood and prevent moisture from entering. This will maintain the wood perfectly.

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Does linseed oil paint fade over time?

Yes, over the years it becomes 'chalky' and softer in color, but it is still protecting the wood. It can be reinvigorated with a simple coat of warmed, cleaned, boiled linseed oil, which brings back the vitality of original pigment.

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How can linseed oil paint stick to surfaces that have been treated with linseed oil?

Both materials contain linseed oil so they blend together.

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Can you mix a color for me?

Initially we would recommend that you have a go at mixing a color yourself, using the shades we supply, as it is possible to achieve an infinite array of colors. Use the artists color wheel available in an artist paint store or on the web. Stain: By adding the linseed oil colored paint to the cleaned boiled linseed oil you can achieve a stain that will allow you to still see the wood grain. 5oz sample jars are available in all colors. Linseed oil paint: Any Allback Linseed oil paint colors can be mixed to create a desired shade. If you are mixing the colors, make sure you measure the color volume as exactly as possible. The Allback Linseed Oil Paint contains 50% pigment and is very potent. Start with small amounts and increase if you need more color. You can also use commercial pigment available designed for oil paints. 28. Can I mix color pigment into the Allback Linus interior paint. You can NOT mix the Linseed oil paint into the Linus interior paint but you can find acrylic based pigments on the market designed for water based paint that will work.

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Can I use your paints if I am having new sealed, double-glazed window installed?

Yes, but it is not recommended because the linseed oil can destroy the silicone seal in the double glass. It can be done, but it is tricky. There is a way of sealing the glazing grooves with shellac, preventing the oil from getting into the seals. This is the only situation we have come across where a modern product is not completely compatible with linseed oil. It is proven by Hans Allback that an old window with sufficient airspace between the outside glass and the interior glass, can achieve as high an insulation rating as any new double glass window made today. This makes it unnecessary to replace the old glass. Simply remove all paint and install proper weather stripping. Sound insulation can be achieved by using a thicker glass in the storm glass or in the window sash preventing the sound waves from entering through the glass. This simple trick to reduce sound has been well known for sometime and proven in the window test done by Lund Institute of Technology, Sweden.

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Why should you apply raw linseed oil to wood prior to painting?

If you are treating Victorian or older windows, they have been 'dead' since the house was built. The wood has effectively been drying out for over 100 years. Therefore, it is not surprising the good that linseed oil does to the wood. Essentially, it's the same principle as applying moisturizing cream to your skin. A very dried out window will benefit highly from some raw linseed oil heated into the wood. This is an excellent base for the paint. If you want to paint right away, please use the cleaned, boiled linseed oil. The boiled or the raw linseed oil will never turn rancid like regular linseed oil you purchase in a paint store.

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Can I use raw linseed oil by itself on exterior wood?

Yes, the best way to apply it is with heat: this changes its texture from being oily, to being watery thereby increasing its penetration into wood. It works very well on fences, gates, wooden barns, and is preferable to other wood preservatives.

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What is Shellac made of?

It is made from denatured alcohol and shellac flakes. Shellac is made from the resin produced by the Lac beetle. The denatured alcohol dissolves the shellac into a useable liquid. By mixing the shellac flakes with the denatured alcohol, you can decide the viscosity yourself. Most of the shellac you purchase in a store contains chemicals and is quite thin in consistency.

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What should I use to clean my paintbrushes?

Hans Allbäck developed Linseed Oil Soap specifically to clean brushes of linseed oil paint in a much more healthy way than using the more commonly used mineral spirits, which is a dangerous solvent that can enter the body directly through the skin, and into the blood stream.

Instructions: Take some Linseed Oil Soap in your hand and work it into the bristles, you will see the pigment lift from the brush. Rinse under warm water and repeat until clean. When the brush is clean, you can pour some more Linseed Oil Soap into the bristles and leave it there. The brush will stay pliable and it will nourish the bristles for a long time. If you follow this regimen, a good quality paintbrush, will last for a lifetime.

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What other uses do you have for Allback Linseed Oil Soap?

It can be used as a household soap for hand washing, for cleaning wooden surfaces like worktops, floors and outside tables. It is also good for cleaning your car, cleaning the oven and one test showed it being great to remove the dirt along the waterline of a boat! Pour a few ounces of straight soap onto the surface and then add a few drops of water to activate the soap. Scrub with a stiff bristle brush. Rinse with water.

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How often would I use Linseed Oil Wax on wood?

It varies greatly depending on the dryness of the wood. When you start using the Linseed Oil Wax you will notice that it will dry out relatively fast. This is because the wood is dry and it needs nourishment. After the surface reaches saturation, waxing may be done once a year on an interior surface. If you want to find out if the surface needs more wax, apply a few drops of water. If the water forms beads, you should be okay. If it sinks into the wood, you can be sure the wood needs a good coat of Linseed Oil Wax. You may start with a coat of warmed, cleaned, boiled linseed oil on dry wood as a base. Let it dry and then use the wax.

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What is Luslack?

Luslack is traditional Scandinavian filler that comes in two parts, chalk dust and a liquid. These are mixed together to form either a stiff paste, or, almost a paint, depending on desired consistency, which is then used to fill small cracks in old wood during repairs. After application, it is left to dry, then rubbed down to leave a surface that is extremely smooth. This is then painted over to create a very smooth and professional finish.

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What makes Allback Linseed Oil Paint an environmentally safe linseed oil paint?

You may be shocked to learn that all these chemicals are unnecessary if you simply clean the linseed oil before producing the paint. Good quality linseed oil comes from a northern climate and contains 30% protein or more, depending on where the flax seed has been harvested. The protein causes impurities which lead to mildew and mold.. Conventional paint manufacturers use large amounts of pesticides and herbicides to offset mildew issues. No company (other than Allback) cleans the linseed oil in paint 100%. The Allback organic Linseed Oil Paint products utilize only 100% cleaned and sterilized linseed oil, directly from the flax farms in Sweden.

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What is VOC (Volatile Organic Compound)?

Low VOC is not No VOC. It is important to understand what VOC is. VOC is the evaporating solvent in paint, added to speed paint drying and to increase paint volume. Basically, all conventional paint contains solvents, unless it is 100% linseed oil based and has a dry weight of 100%. 100% dry weight means that nothing evaporates from the paint after you open the can. If the dry weight is anything less than 100% you can bet it contains some form of solvent.

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What are the drawbacks with linseed oil paint?

Not many. Some people may think that the colors are muted; however, this is an advantage... It is not desirable to choose bright sharp colors due to the fact that bright colors do not maintain their color for a very long time. The linseed oil paint consists of traditional colors that are proven to last for 50, maybe 100 years when properly maintained.

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How to tint linseed Linseed Oil Putty/putty?

Tinting the glazing is something quite popular in England because a clear coat is frequently used. To tint the glazing you can simply add a small amount of the Allback linseed oil paint into the glazing. You can also use a commercially available pigment designed for oil paint from your artist paint store.

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How does linseed oil paint fade in comparison to Acrylic paint?

Linseed oil paint will actually never fade. Earth pigments are used in linseed oil paint. The Linseed Oil Paint will dry out over time and may look faded. This is because wood will absorb the oil into the grain leaving the pigment to dry out. This is very easily and inexpensively corrected by applying the cleaned boiled linseed oil or the linseed oil wax every 5-10 years. Acrylic paint fades within a short time and without any forewarning will peel and crack allowing penetration of moisture that will cause wood to rot. Once the acrylic paint fades, you must apply a new fresh coat of paint, adding to the numbers of layers on the surface. Each new layer of acrylic paint will speed up the paint failure process.

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Why does wood decay so extensively on old buildings. Is it the quality of the wood?

Decaying wood is almost never a result of inferior quality wood. It is a direct result of what type of paint that was used. Acrylic paint has the tendency to trap moisture under the paint layers. After the acrylic paint stops being flexible and not able to move with the surface during seasonal changes, it starts to crack and peel. Linseed oil paint will stay flexible over time and will not trap moisture.

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Why has the quality of wood changed and what can we do about it today?

By looking at the history of the milling industry, we can understand why wood quality has declined. High sap and oil content in timber generates a high quality wood - naturally. However, when the milling industry became industrialized, sap-saturated wood clogged dust shoots and dulled saw blades quickly. To remedy these problems, the industry began harvesting timber in the spring and summer (instead of winter) when the sap content is diluted to low levels. When sap levels are low, the naturally occurring oil levels in cured woods is absent. As a result of the new harvesting procedures, wood quality declined.

Chemical paint companies welcomed this change because it was much easier to produce a paint inexpensively when the wood surface is dry and without any natural oil. As a result, the use of poor quality chemical paint proliferated and has now created a paint failure epidemic in the USA.

By returning to the ancient use of Purified Organic Boiled Linseed Oil and linseed oil paint, it is possible to create long lasting wood - even out of today's "low quality" timber. Purified Organic Boiled Linseed Oil simulates the natural oil missing in today's timber, provides superior protection and eliminates paint failure. This is the reason purified linseed oil was used for hundreds of years.

The ancient European method of producing purified boiled linseed oil and linseed oil paint from cold pressed flax seed was revived by Allback Paint in Sweden in 1980 and this superior alternative to environmentally dangerous, chemical-based paint is - once again - being generated from renewable, sustainable and organically produced products. Recently, the farming community in Scandinavia has been encouraged to end farming of sugar beets due to European Community (EU) legislation, making more farming capacity available for flax farming and farmers in southern Sweden are producing substantial volume of oil flax for paint production and preservatives.

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Does drying time have an impact on the performance of linseed oil paint vs. modern acrylic paint?

There are buildings in North America and Europe that have been known to have linseed oil on the exterior from 300 years ago. They are still intact today because of the linseed oil's ability to prevent water from soaking into the wood surface. Because the organic, cleaned, linseed oil is very close to the natural oil in wood, the linseed oil has an exceptional ability to preserve wood over a very long time. Cleaned, boiled linseed oil will never mix with water and will never trap water making paint failure impossible. Linseed oil is far superior to acrylic paint when it comes to preserving wood over a very long time.

Linseed Oil Paint does not cure nearly as fast or hard as conventional petroleum-based oil paint or acrylic paint. A longer drying time allows the Linseed Oil Paint to penetrate into the substrate avoiding any moisture from getting trapped. Linseed Oil Paint is an integrated part of the wood. The Linseed Oil Paint stays flexible and moves with the seasonal changes of the wood. It also does not build up on the outside of the wood surface. Linseed oil paint is inexpensively maintained by applying the Purified Organic Boiled Linseed Oil or the linseed oil wax every 5-10 years. You will not experience cracking and peeling paint (paint failure). The savings is exponential over time.

Fast drying modern acrylic paint will ultimately loose its flexibility and adhesion on the surface within a few years. Acrylic paint also very often traps moisture in the wood resulting in rot. Paint failure can be seen widely in America today and it is getting worse.

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How thick should I apply the boiled linseed oil? I keep applying the oil & the wood keeps absorbing it.

When the wood continuously absorbs the oil, this is a clear sign that the wood is extremely dry and needs oil. Apply oil until the wood is saturated. If you can heat the surface (the Silent Paint Remover works well). Raw linseed oil heated into the wood will preserve the wood very well. Use the boiled linseed oil if you want to paint with the linseed oil paint right away.

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What else is Linseed Oil Paint good for?

Linseed Oil Paint is also excellent for rust proofing anything from steel, house hardware to automobiles. No need to prime nails on exterior siding when using linseed oil paint. You should be able to do all your clean-up without having to use any chemical solvents. Linseed Oil Soap can be used to clean everything from paint cans to brushes and rollers after you have painted with the Linseed Oil Paint.

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