I am in love with Ottosson’s linseed oil paints!

I have been using Ottosson’s artist oil colors for several years, but I have never really tried to paint windows, doors, etc. with linseed oil paints before. I have been like the majority, using all kinds of more or less chemically manipulated paints, some really good brands and often with very good results, but…
I had the impression that linseed oil paints were messy to work with, that they dry slowly, etc. Ok, you will get paint on your hands and elsewhere, but since it is linseed oil paint it is easy to clean your hands, etc. with soap. And there are many great instruction videos on the Ottosson website which show you how to use their paints in quite a few different applications. One thing is repeated in all videos: don’t dip the paint brush too deep into the paint. I can subscribe to that; if you follow their instructions the result will be great!

The building project is almost complete and I have spend most of the day painting giving the wood panelling a second coat of black paint. For this I have used another fantastic old Swedish product: Falu Rödfärg (black).frigge8frigge9frigge10frigge11frigge12I painted the window sills black, with Ottosson’s linseed oil paint. A great experience! I used a small flat Escoda paint brush, dipped it about two or three millimeters into the paint each time. That normally gave me 30 to 40 cm of stroke length each time. The paint flowed beautifully from the brush and it was very easy to do some precision painting without spilling paint. You don’t need to clean the brushes after painting, especially if you need to paint soon again – just stick the brush in some raw linseed oil and it keeps really well. I sometimes stick the brush in water, which works for shorter periods of time, like from today till tomorrow. Then when you are done, wipe off as much paint as possible on old rags, some old wood pieces or cardboard, and then wash the brushes with soap. Ottosson’s make a nice linseed oil soap too. Try it!

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