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Old 07-02-2008, 08:42 PM   #1
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Help! I've always used a linseed oil based paint on my old barn and it looks great and holds up well. I decided to do a little touchup this summer and after scraping the few loose spots,priming and 1st coating these areas I thought I'd go ahead and fully paint this one side and then continue on next year, getting on a schedule of one side per year. When I tried to order some of this paint to do what I want to do this year I was told that I can no longer get this paint in the great state of New York! I'm thinking of using solid color stain.Can I use over previously painted surfaces? Any ideas? Your thoughts and advice are appreciated.

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I don't know if you can use a solid stain over paint. It seems to me that the whole purpose of a stain is to penetrate into bare wood, and the paint on the wood would scuttle that gameplan.

I know that linseed oil based paints haven't been available for some time, but is there any reason you don't want to use an exterior alkyd paint?

Or, are you saying that even alkyd paints are now verbotten in New York? (If that's the case, you COULD always take a drive across the northern border and buy all you want in the Great White North.)

Linseed oil based primers adhere to wood better than alkyd primers, so I wish I could still buy drying oil interior and exterior primers.


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...ehhh...you can use a solid stain...but I'm not sure it'd be the best for this application...it depends

I understand you can't get linseed based, but how about alkyd oils?
It would make a difference in my recommendation if you could get alkyd exterior paints and/or stains
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oil base rocks for exterior. I personally think the colors are much richer and deeper.
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Thanks for the responses. Yeah,oil does rock for exterior,especially on old weathered wood such as my barn.I last did a full paint job on the barn in 2003 and aside from low spots where the moisture hangs out it still looks great.Of course i spend a lot of time on prep,and we get some pretty harsh weather extremes here too. From what I'm hearing no oil paint is now allowed in NY. I agree that the purpose of stain is to soak into the wood,just thought I'd start using it on spots where I've scraped loose paint and continue using in the future.In fact,I did on the white trim that needed touch up last week.
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No oil based paint allowed in New York anymore?

What are they going to paint kitchen cabinet shelves with. What are they going to paint floors with?

This is dumb.
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I would not use an acrylic solid stain in this project then

I would alkyd prime then top coat with two coats premium acrylic exterior paint

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