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        Linseed oil paint has been used since the 13th – 14th century. Initially, it was only used in artistic painting, but since the 17th century is has also been utilized for painting carpentry and joinery elements. Linseed oil paint consists of oxidized/heated cold pressed linseed oil and mineral pigments. It is used for painting wooden, metal and plastered surfaces. It impregnates the surface well (up to 2 mm in wood) and in comparison with other paints it has good adhesion properties with the surface. This is due to the molecular size of the binding agents. If compared to a latex paint molecule, the molecule of cold pressed linseed oil is like a pinhead to a soccer ball. This special quality ensures the adhesion of the paint to the surface.


          Linseed oil paint has a very high coverage ability: 200 – 250 g on a square meter in two layers. The paint is 6 times thinner than any other similar modern product with the same surface protection capacity. If applied properly linseed oil paint protects exterior elements for at least 10 years. This period is longer under favorable conditions, and even longer in interior works. There are examples where interior doors and windows have not been repainted for 100 – 200 years, and their surface is still pleasing to the eye and the paint still protects the wood. This paint dries while oxidizing with the air, and it does not lose its mass, on the contrary – the mass increases by 1 %. If a drying agent (siccative) is not used, the paint dries for a relatively long period, up to 3 days. To achieve high quality results, the proper priming and painting techniques should be carefully taken into account.


Facade, windows and shutters painted with RAITUMS linseed-oil paint.

Turaida, Latvia


This scale consists of the most popular tones ordered during our years of work. The names of the colours refer to the first clients who chose the respective hue: name of the client, the place of the object, the mineral pigment used or other associations.

NCS codes are matched as close to the sample as possible. However there could still be slight tonal differences.

Choose the colour based on its covering ability, name, sequence number or NCS code.

1 kg of paint covers 8 - 10 m² of surface in one layer.

Check out painting techniques, instructions and useful tips to get the best results.

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