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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      (3 of 3 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!

         
        4.0

        wood pottery tools

        By Bill

        from Hendersonville,NC

        About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

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            • 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.

            (1 of 1 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.

                   
                  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.

                     
                    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!

                        (2 of 3 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.

                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Great Product

                              By OldBow

                              from Missoula, MT

                              About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                              Pros

                                Cons

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                                  • 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.

                                  (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Works as it should

                                  By Nelle

                                  from Craftsbury Common, VT

                                  About Me Beginner

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                                  Pros

                                  • Goes On Easily

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                                    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.

                                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    4.0

                                    Restoring Antiques

                                    By Helping Hands Handy Women

                                    from Detroit Michigan

                                    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

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                                          Comments about Recochem Linseed Oil:

                                          I have been tought for years to simply restoe aniques without lessining the value you mix Raw lynseed oil to 1/3 turpentine and you get a antigue hydrated and in beautiful shape. It restores the woods moisture and luster.

                                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          5.0

                                          hard to find locally

                                          By novice beekeeper

                                          from Ohio

                                          About Me Beginner

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                                                Comments about Recochem Linseed Oil:

                                                We needed raw linseed oil for a project involving a bee hive. We couldn't find it locally, but an internet search turned up Jamestown Distributors. It was easy[...]

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