One of the most common questions is 'Can I paint over existing paint?' Linseed paint will adhere to pretty much any existing paint. However, in order to get the full wicking properties and benefits, we would always recommend removing plastic or petrochemical existing paint (meaning any modern latex, acrylic or alkyd paint). Removing plastic or petrochemical paint can sometimes be a daunting task. We have a selection of tools and methods to speed this up and even make it an enjoyable task!
Linseed Paint is very easy to use.
It has been around for centuries, is free of nasty chemicals (including VOC's) and is incredibly durable if used correctly. It can be easily applied to pretty much any surface or substrate, but is most commonly applied to wood and metal. We would recommend using this page in combination with our About Linseed Paint and FAQ page. The following selection of videos will guide you through its history, preparation and application. If we missed anything, please do let us know and we'l try and include it in the next shoot!
Let's start at the beginning: What is Linseed Paint?
Linseed paint is great to use now but is also deeply rooted in history and, therefore, ideal to use on historic projects.
So, why should we be using linseed paint again and what the advantages are over conventional (petrochemical) paints?
Now for the actual application: how to go about this?
Preparing a paint job.
What does the primer coat look like?
Applying coats of linseed paint.
Can you paint on any surface and substrate? All is explained here. Painting on exotic hard woods and metal.
What have we got in store for the future?