How has that linseed oil paint you used a few years ago held up? I ran across your article from 2008 and was wondering if you’ve done any follow-up on the paint condition. I’m a contractor doing research on wooden window restoration for a large hotel and I’m considering linseed oil paint for this job..
Linseed oil paint is a very simple, traditional, completely non-toxic and rather expensive paint that’s been used for hundreds of years in Europe. I opted to try some on wooden windows and an exterior cedar door three years ago, and since then it has performed very well. The painted surface has gone from semi-gloss to flat due to weathering (which suits me fine). I used a dark brown color, and the surface has also gotten slightly lighter in tone and somewhat mottled, though this is not a problem. The main thing is that there has been no peeling. This complete freedom from peeling is the main claim to fame of linseed oil paint, and that’s what I was interested in when I chose it. Performance so far is much better than many more modern paints I’ve seen start to peel after three years of exposure over older wood. I’ve never seen linseed oil paint for sale in stores, so I wouldn’t look for it there. The brand I used is called Allback and I ordered it from a Toronto supplier called Solvent-Free Paint (866-516-7787). I’ve used this product for other projects since my original job in 2008 and I have plans to use it again this summer. Besides durability, linseed oil paint is completely solvent-free and exceptionally pleasant to use. Check out my How-To Video on Why Steve Maxwell Likes Linseed Oil Paint to learn more.