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Old 05-27-2009, 07:46 PM   #1
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I have already resided my bank barn and the wood is ready to be painted. I decided on using linseed oil for the base of my paint but can not find any in a larger size than 5 gallon. It is a very large barn, I would like to buy it by the drum. Does anyone know where I can find it not mixed with mineral spirits or anything like that, and any suggestions on how to mix it with paint? I am trying not to buy it already made to save on cost. Any help would be appreciated!

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Linseed oil by the 55er?

How big is your barn?


* not in any retail capacities or professional suppliers I know no....maybe a strictly wholesale farm supply company?
But even then......how big is your barn?

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It is new wood, I will need around 3 coates, I've been consulting with someone who is using a linseed base paint on their home, they are remodeling a historic house. He tells me I can get over 50 years doing it how he recommends. The barn is a 50X36. I can only find linseed oil in the 5g. My father-in-law found it in the drum, but it was cut with mineral spirits and I don't want that.
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Availability of linseed oil depends a lot on where you are but normally the chemical distributors - and those that cater to the paint trade - carry linseed oils, or at least can get them. Delivery is another matter. I remember WITCO used to make it, amongst others, but the product we sold mostly was 'boiled' linseed oil i.e. linseed oil that was diluted with a solvent in order to help the LO dry.

Because natural LO may not even dry at all...and I don't think you want that.
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I think this is a BAD idea. Talk to your local "Paint store" (sherwin williams, Benjamin Moore, etc.) about what to use. The chemical properties of paint have changed a lot in the past ten years. I also would suggest you use solid color stain instead of paint.
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Yes, they have come a long way over the last ten years when it comes to paint, especially 100% acrylic latex paint. You may be able to save time and money by considering other paint products.

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...He tells me I can get over 50 years doing it how he recommends...
He needs to put down the crack pipe or lay off the shrooms
He is seriously tweeked

That is simply not true
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I think this is a BAD idea....
Yes...this truck has not only veered well into the "bad idea" lane, but has gone into the ditch and rolled a few times....and is about to burst into flames

The "50-Year" friend may have been "thrown clear" because he wasn't wearing a seat belt
But that doesn't mean not wearing a seat belt and weaving all over the road in a truck is a "good idea"
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Hey guys, you're going a bit overboard - so take it easy with the truck-in-the-ditch analogies... after all this guy may have his reasons for looking into linseed oil paints that you may not be aware of. Too many historical archives - and now environmental support - not to consider linseed oil IMO - and it does have its merits in this particular field. Trouble is transportation regulations may limit the amount he can readily get, but that is just a question of cost.

It may not be the best technology - but it is cost effective - in a DIY sense. I only had the chance to formulate one linseed oil paint for something like a buck a gallon, but that was in the eighties. But the product was fine.

I'm certainly not a proponent for everything to be done for the sake of "DIY" - but this a case where I applaud someone's investigation into a proven technology. I wouldn't discourage that...
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Hey guys, you're going a bit overboard - so take it easy with the truck-in-the-ditch analogies... after all this guy may have his reasons for looking into linseed oil paints that you may not be aware of. Too many historical archives - and now environmental support - not to consider linseed oil IMO - and it does have its merits in this particular field. Trouble is transportation regulations may limit the amount he can readily get, but that is just a question of cost.

It may not be the best technology - but it is cost effective - in a DIY sense. I only had the chance to formulate one linseed oil paint for something like a buck a gallon, but that was in the eighties. But the product was fine.

I'm certainly not a proponent for everything to be done for the sake of "DIY" - but this a case where I applaud someone's investigation into a proven technology. I wouldn't discourage that...

If the OP had a wooden gutter, or wooden ladder, or an old previously coated with linseed surface or some such project, I would also be on the "Linseed Express"

However...this person has been told an absolute lie...that other coatings won't match up to a linseed coating that will last 50 years

The statement that linseed oil will last 50 years is an absolute load of crap

Don't get me wrong...I come from a long line (approaching 400 years) of Swamp Yankees...I've plenty of ancestors that will attest to the "long-lasting value" of linseed oil
But these are the same Puritan-Based Swamp Yankees who feel it's a "waste of money" or even "papist" or "extravagant" to paint a barn
These are the same people that won't tear down a failing structure...tourists think it's quaint...it's really dangerous...and cheap "it'll fall down eventually, why spend the energy/time/money to take it down"

Linseed oil n this case (the Op's) would be an good option...on many (or any) levels
It will not last 50 years
This person has been told a load of crap

If the OP wants to use linseed oil, that's fine with me
It has it's advantages
But do it with open eyes
Linseed oil finishes do not last 50 years on exteriors w/o maint.
Ever...

Trust me...if that were so, I'd sell nothing but linseed
...and I'd have the whole of Cape Cod as my customers
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Fair enough...I agree that 50 years is stretching things, but like you slickshift, I would go with linseed oil paints in some situations. I hope th OP gives us more info

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