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huberhouse1886
Has anyone out there used Linseed Oil Paint for your house exterior?

We been working with a Linseed Oil Paint from Sweden for a couple of years. Love the theory, but our wood or our climate doesn't like the paint. In S.W. Missouri and stripping exterior down to bare wood. The paint seems to either attract dust and mold or mold spores are working their way out of the boards now that they can breathe. Company says give it time for the mold spores to work through the boards. Until then wash yearly with Linseed Oil Soap Xtra.

Can any tell me of their experience?

ordjen
Re: Has anyone out there used Linseed Oil Paint for your house exterior?

I am not familiar with the product, but I can tell you that linseed oil can itself be a nutrient for mold and mildew. It was for this reason that Behr Paint took it out of its oil stains a few years ago. Linseed oil is also sticky. If too much linseed oil is used and left on the surface of wood, it will be there for months attracting dirt before drying.

I always caution customers buying linseed oil containing deck stains about wiping the deck clean of oil not absorbed into the wood The other caution with linseed oil is proper disposal of the rags. A wadded up rag containing linseed oil WILL self-ignite! Throw them out on the lawn in a flat position for several hours before putting them in a metal can with a tight lid on it. Dampening them down with water before putting them in the can is also a good idea.

Sombreuil_mongrel
Re: Has anyone out there used Linseed Oil Paint for your house exterior?

Years and years ago I was using Sherwin-Williams exterior paint with linseed oil, and it was very nice paint, but the dark colors would fade after a few years. My boss recently tried that Allbeck Linseed Oil paint on his house, and a couple of our projects(very small, a few sash). I'm not sold by the appearance, it looks streaky and uneven in color. Much too early to tell if we will get mildew problems, but that is a totally documented and confirmed issue with linseed oil, boiled or raw. The Allbeck glazing putty was a debacle, IMO.
Casey

huberhouse1886
Re: Has anyone out there used Linseed Oil Paint for your house exterior?

Thanks so much for the input. We are trying putting Zinc White in the product now to see if it hardens the surface better.

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