Getting Started With Allbäck Linseed Oil Paint
The standard for restoration work in Europe, this is a tremendously versatile and durable paint. Solvent-free, safe and easy to use, it has a low environmental impact.
Below are some considerations before you begin painting.
What should I be aware of before I start painting?
- Allbäck paint adheres to any clean, dry, porous surface and can be used indoors or out.
- If you are re-painting a previously painted surface, clean it first with a dilute solution of Allbäck linseed oil soap.
- On a raw or dried-out wood surface, apply Allbäck boiled linseed oil first to help limit absorption.
A pre-treatment of Allback boiled linseed oil helps the paint absorb more evenly.
- The drying time for Allbäck paint is highly dependent on temperature and humidity. At room temperature and low humidity (50% or less), about 24 hours is typical. Lower temperatures and higher humidity can increase this significantly – by a factor of two or three in our experience. Do not use if the ambient temperature is less than 14°C.
- If using indoors, ensure the space is adequately ventilated.
- Knots can be coated with shellac to help prevent bleed-through.
In the next section, we’ll show you how to work with Allbäck paint to obtain the best results and answer some common questions.