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Why Linseed Paint?

Long Lasting
Allback Linseed Paints last up to 3 times longer than modern paints. Not only will the subtle paint colors decorate your woodwork beautifully, but the linseed oil in the paint gives protection and nourishment to the wood itself.

Holkham Estate house, Wighton, North Norfolk renovated in 2002. Windows painted in "Barley White", doors in "Holkham Green", and render in "Parchment". (Photo taken 2002)

Cost Effective
With their dramatically longer life span, Allback Linseed Paints will yield significant cost savings over time.

Environmentally Friendly
Allback Linseed Paints are made from natural 100% pure linseed oil, derived from renewable and sustainable resources.  We use natural paint pigments and no added solvents.

Tested by Several Generations
Linseed oil paint has been used in Scandinavia since the 18th century.  Initially only valuable buildings like churches and mansions were painted with linseed oil paint.  In addition to exteriors, linseed oil paint has been used both in interiors and furniture, internal doors, windows and even floor boards.

The Millennium Almshouses, Burnham Market, built in 2000/01 to house retired Holkham Estate employees.  These were painted with solvent free Barley White Linseed Paint in August 2001.

Best Alternative Even Today
In addition to renovation projects, the natural appearance is also suitable for new buildings.  When selecting a paint one should also consider durability, coverage and the probability of when repainting might occur.  A cheap paint may prove to be more costly after a few years if it has to be removed before repainting or if the wooden parts are rotted and damaged by the use of impermeable paint and need to be repaired.

When a painter / decorator quotes to repaint the exterior joinery of a house, the cost of the paint is typically between 8% and 15% of the total cost.  The rest is labor.  It therefore pays to choose the right sort of paint so that you are not having the painters back again for costly repainting four or five years later.

Best Raw Materials
Genuine Linseed Oil Paint is made in the traditional way from cold pressed and boiled linseed oil and color pigments. People often think that "oil" paints smell strongly of and contain solvents.  A genuine linseed oil paint, however, contains no solvents but smells of delicious linseed oil.  You can almost smell the goodness in linseed oil paint.  A traditional linseed oil paint contains no plastic or alkyd binding medium.

Linseed Oil Paint Works Naturally With Wood
A surface painted with Linseed Oil Paint breathes; therefore the wood does not decay or rot under the paint.  Repainting is easy as Linseed Oil Paint can always be applied on top of previous coats of linseed oil paint without difficult and expensive paint removal.

Modern pine door dipped in warm Raw Linseed Oil bringing out richness of color in the wood, then sealed with casein.

Linseed usage has declined considerably during the last decades as the petrochemical and paint industry giants have combined to drive prices down and spend millions on marketing their modern paint.  Modern polyacrylate dispersion paints have replaced them to a large extent.  Their sole advantage is a rapid application rate and short drying time hence why they are favored by painters and decorators who can often apply two or three coats in one day and get into the next job.  But for outdoor use polyacrylates have turned out less favorably due to their diffusion resistance to water vapor and poor adherence to the surface to which it is applied, particularly to wood.

In the outdoor paint market an increasing volume of well-formulated linseed oil paint is expected. The main drawback of such paints is that a good result requires the application of three thin layers with intermediate drying and ideally a prior application of our purified raw linseed oil. In modern times with cheap materials and expensive labor costs, linseed oil paints are not the first selection of the cost orientated builder. However, we try to encourage decision makers to use Life Cost Analysis as selection criteria when making their choice of paint as we have here on the Holkham Estate in North Norfolk.

Why the Holkam Estate has Switched to Linseed Oil Paints

Adjacent cottages with oak bargeboards before and after "feeding" with warm raw linseed oil. NB the cast iron pipe painted in "Holkham Green" linseed paint, and the windows restored in 2002.


Typical problems associated with modern alkyd paints: cracking, flaking and allowing water ingress. Last painted in 1996.

Restored with Allback Linseed oil, putty and Barley White paint.

The Estate owns roughly 300 properties, all of which are painted on a six-year cycle. This equates to roughly 50 houses a year, which becomes a pretty expensive exercise. In addition the modern paints we have been using over the last forty or so years tend to crack and flake after three to five years allowing water ingress so that when we come to repaint in year six there are often expensive joinery repairs to be undertaken as the wood has rotted under the paint or the putty has no longer been protected by the paint, has hardened, cracked and fallen away from the glass.

Our aim, using linseed oil and Allback Linseed Paints, is to move to a 14-year painting cycle that includes a single coat of Raw Linseed Oil or our Maintenance Oil at year 7. We have calculated that despite spending more than double what we normally would have spent on repairs and repainting (because we are completely overhauling all windows that need it and painting inside too) that we will start saving money on each property after 10 to 12 years and that as time goes on those savings will be increasingly significant because each time subsequent re-paintings will only require one coat of linseed oil or paint.

Linseed oil paints have higher initial costs, but good length of life and very low renewal costs. Over a ten-year period linseed oil paints are more competitive.

Our recommended time scale for treating exterior joinery that has been painted with Allback Linseed Paints is as follows.

Year 1     Year 1 First coat of the Organic Purified Organic Boiled Linseed Oil followed by three thin coats of Allback Linseed Paint (no need to purchase primers, undercoat and top coat). You can warm the linseed oil by leaving it in the sun for a while. Use a short stiff natural paint brush.

Every 5 to 10 Years      Give the window / wood a very gentle brush down and then apply one coat of warm organic Purified Organic Boiled Linseed Oil. This rejuvenates the pigment in the paint which may have started to fade and brings back the luster of the color. It also nourishes the wood.

Note 1 : Linseed oil paint is a live material and will age over time with various outcome. Dry wood will naturally absorb the organic linseed oil into the wood requiring an application of the linseed oil more frequently.

Note 2: Organic linseed oil paint will dry with ample access to oxygen and at a temperature above 50-60 degrees farenheit. Usually you can apply a new coat after 24 hours. Allow a few days for the linseed oil to completely dry.

Note 3: Linseed oil paint will dry to a somewhat rubbery surface. It will always stay flexible and move with the surface changes during seasonal changes, this is way organic linseed oil paint will last for such a long time.

Disclaimer: Obviously there are a number of factors that affect the longevity of the paint ranging from quality of preparation, workmanship, climatic conditions and the aspect.  Allback Linseed Paints cannot be held responsible for paint failing as a result of defective workmanship.


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