Raw and Boiled Linseed Oil
 
  • Raw and Boiled Linseed Oil

Linseed Oil

Raw Linseed Oil is 100% pure, non-edible and slow-drying. Raw Linseed Oil helps wood retain its natural moisture content which retards cracking, checking, shrinking, and aids water repellency.

Boiled Linseed Oil contains driers to speed film drying and hardness. Linseed oil without this additive can take over a week to dry. Enhances brushing and leveling when added to oil based paints. Linseed Oil is a yellowish oil extracted from the seeds of flax and used as a drying oil in paints and varnishes and in linoleum, printing inks, and synthetic resin.

 
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"Raw" linseed oil is just that - linseed oil mercilessly squeezed from flax seed and packaged with no additional additives or preservatives. Raw linseed oil dries very slowly, taking weeks to fully cure. You should limit its use to the insides of wood gutters, chopping blocks, sawhorses, and other items exposed to the elements where drying time is not an important consideration.

Slow drying is a mixed blessing. For oil-based paints and varnishes, slow drying is a benefit, since this allows the paint to "level" itself, giving a smoother finish with fewer brush marks. The best looking paint jobs are invariably oil paint jobs, without question. However, when used as a wood preservative for items that are handled or walked on, such as tool handles, furniture, or wood decks, long drying times are undesirable. 100% Pure, this slow drying oil has multiple uses. It helps wood retain its natural moisture, aids in water repellency, retards cracking, checking and shrinking.

"Boiled" linseed oil, though, is not boiled. The actual boiling of some varnish oils changes their drying characteristics. With linseed oil, though, it is the addition of certain solvents that causes linseed oil to dry more quickly, acting as if it were boiled. This makes it a better product for preserving tool handles, decks, and furniture. I suppose they should have named it "sort-of-boiled linseed oil", or "kinda-like-boiled-but-not-really-boiled linseed oil". Boiled Linseed Oil is used as a natural wood finish and preservative, either alone or with other oils and solvents. Mixed with oil based paints and varnishes, it increases gloss and improves leveling and durability. A mixture of 2 parts boiled linseed oil to one part turpentine creates a semi-gloss wood polish for furniture. Can also be mixed with mineral spirits.

Varnish can also be made at home. Our JD Homemade Varnish Recipe is an old Down East deck coating formula traditionally used on wooden decks for schooners, fishing boats, and porch decks. Makes for an amber finish. To customize the mixture, add more pine tar for a darker color or add less for a lighter color. Allow more drying time for the darker mixture. You will need 1 qt of Turpentine, 1 qt Boiled Linseed Oil, 1/2 pt Pine Tar, and 1/2 pt Japan Drier.

BRAND: Recochem
Type: Linseed Oil
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RecochemLinseed Oil
 
4.9

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Pros

  • Even paint distribution (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Large areas (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid do-it-yourselfer (8), Casual do-it-yourselfer (3), Professional (3)

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5.0

Pure and simple

By Matt

from Northwest Connecticut

About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Even Paint Distribution
  • Simple

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Finishing

Comments about Recochem Linseed Oil:

I used this product, mixed with with melted beeswax, to naturally finish some beehives and it worked great.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very happpy with the product!

By Rod

from Boca Raton FL

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        Comments about Recochem Linseed Oil:

        I was looking for something I could apply to cedar that would have no chemicals, and to give the wood an extra layer of protection. It was very easy to apply, a little goes a long way. Overnight the wood will dry to the touch, but it will eventually dry and change colors from a yellowish to a more nicer darker wood finish once it dries completely. Applied to rough cedar lumber with almost no sanding.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A satisfied artist

        By Susan Clement NH Artitst

        from Allenstown, NH

        About Me Professional

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Economical Artist Solvent
        • Even Paint Distribution

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Thinning Oil Paint

          Comments about Recochem Linseed Oil:

          I am an artist/teacher and was buying Linseed Oil from our local craft store. It was getting very expensive. I discovered your product while searching the internet and decided to try it. I bought a gallon of your linseed oil and began using it for my own oil paintings and my students. What a wonderful product! It's consistency is just as good as the oil I bought from the art store and the price cannot be beat. Thank you for offering this product to the public. I will pass on your website link to other fellow artist and my students!

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          wood pottery tools

          By Bill

          from Hendersonville,NC

          About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Large Andor Small Areas

              Comments about Recochem Linseed Oil:

              I've so far only used it on some wood pottery tools and a support for an outdoor amateur weather system . Easy to use and easy to clean up . Put a small amont in a cottage cheese container with just a small amount left in the bottom to solidify and toss in the garbage .Also just used some paper towels to let dry and toss.

              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Raw Linseed Oil

              By Trevor the woodworm

              from South Amboy, NJ

              About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

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                    Comments about Recochem Linseed Oil:

                    Great for surfaces, that come in close contact with food, like breakfast boards, bows and countertops.

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    linseed oil

                    By dongo

                    from west virginia

                    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Clean
                    • Even Paint Distribution
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Detailed Work

                      Comments about Recochem Linseed Oil:

                      a little goes a long way. i use this for new as well as old finishes. does an excellent job.

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      A great source for linseed oil.

                      By Roadchief

                      from Lakeport, CA

                      About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Clean

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Recochem Linseed Oil:

                          I like the bottle size and the great price [...]. It is very easy to appy and my wood products look so much better!

                          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Great product

                          By spinner55

                          from Northwestern Illinois

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                                Comments about Recochem Linseed Oil:

                                No one locally sells Raw Linseed oil around here. They only carry 'boiled' product that has added dryers in it. I use one part Raw linseed to 2 parts thinner to touch up military firearms. At least 10 coats with a rub of steel wool (0000) between coats. Gives the wood a nice old time look without hurting the valve of the firearm. Finish off by using 'gunny paste' which is a mixture of bee's wax / linseed oil / turpentine.

                                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Great Product

                                By OldBow

                                from Missoula, MT

                                About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                                Pros

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Large Areas

                                    Comments about Recochem Linseed Oil:

                                    Raw linseed oil is not available locally. I was pleased to be able to add it to a list of items I needed for my new rowboat. This is a great product for treating new plywood.

                                    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Works as it should

                                    By Nelle

                                    from Craftsbury Common, VT

                                    About Me Beginner

                                    Verified Reviewer

                                    Pros

                                    • Goes On Easily

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Detailed Work
                                      • Large Areas
                                      • Small Areas

                                      Comments about Recochem Linseed Oil:

                                      I used a 20:1 mixture of this raw linseed oil to melted beeswax to coat the outside of a top bar beehive I constructed. It was easy to apply (went on evenly) and looks beautiful.

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