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boman47k 12-08-2006 02:53 PM

linseed based primer
Slick, I read up on the SPR. What do you guys think of the linseed primer they are pushing?

boman47k 12-08-2006 07:33 PM

No comments on the primer suggested by the Silent Paint remover ppl?

K, not a big deal, was just a little curious and thought it might be something interesting.

slickshift 12-09-2006 02:05 PM

Hi bo

I didn't even notice they were pushing a primer
I'll have to check it out

Linseed oil paints are nothing new
In fact, that's what "oil-based" means, or meant anyway
Very old-school actually
Oil-based, or "alkyd" paints also includes other renewable resource oils such as soy, corn, and fish
Linseed oil was common decades ago
Not so much anymore

boman47k 12-09-2006 02:20 PM

In that case, 'pushing' may not be the right word here. Didn't realize they were were referring to regular oil based primer. Been a while, if ever actuall, since I have given any thought to the kinds of oil in primer. By the way Slick, thanks for the response. It is appreciated.

Christopher 12-10-2006 10:24 AM


I can't comment on linseed oil compared to other oils but I can share an excellent primer experience. I feel that it is most important for a primer to both penetrate and seal. So, I use an alkyd primer cut with 16 oz. Penetrol per gallon. The mixture is a dream to apply with a short nap roller.

Penetrol link:


boman47k 12-10-2006 11:18 AM

16 oz per?? Hmm, never tried that. Guess it would make it thin enough to allow it to penetrate.

joewho 12-10-2006 11:22 PM

I've done houses that had 100 yr. old linseed oil products on them. Great for scraping your knuckles to the bone.

The general difference these days are that alkyd uses soybean and safflower oil instead of boiled linseed. The use of modern chemicals is for ease of applicaton and production cost.

Mildew was a major problem in the old days of linseed oil. Although you're only talking primer, it might be worth checking out. I would love a house done in linseed oil. It lasts and lasts and lasts.

I'm not 100 yrs old yet, so I don't know if any modern day products will compare.

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