Hold the Mineral Spirits – Lost Art Press

The variation in sheen makes it look as if some of this paint is still wet. It is all dry.

A few weeks ago, I wrote about our experience with linseed oil paint. I’ve used it more since, and must update the suggestion to thin it with mineral spirits (low odor or otherwise). I’ve experienced some shiny vs. not-shiny spots on several projects that I think are a result of the thinning…because I’ve not experienced the same when I’ve used the paint as it comes (no matter the brand), without thinning it.

Sometimes we’re able to rub out the sheen differential with a topcoat of soft wax of purified linseed oil. Sometimes, we cannot. I want reliable, repeatable results.

But, I do like the paint to be a little thinner than it comes – so I’m experimenting with some other options. I will, of course, report back. In the meantime, consider the “use mineral spirits” statement retracted.

The shiny spots on the top of this stool are reflections – not a difference in how the paint dried. This is undiluted linseed oil paint, top coated with soft wax.


p.s. I’m not too worried about “fixing” the paint on the chair – that’s easy: apply another coat of paint, this time, without thinning it. After removing any wax residue (and for that…er…use mineral spirits).

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