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Q. Does your product have lead chemicals in it? Is it harmful ?
Double Boiled Linseed Oil has added dryers like lead, cobalt and zinc.
Raw Linseed Oil and Danish Oil are lead free.
You cannot make Double Boiled Linseed Oil without the addition of dryers therefore it is not meant for food surfaces. Any brand claiming to make DBLO without dryers is a false claim or a fake product(not complying to BIS standards). These dryers are a combination of Cobalt, Lead and Zinc which helps the product dry in less than half the time as standard linseed oil. Traditionally, lead was added to paints to increase their drying time but nowadays, spirits and solvents are used that give out toxic vapours.
If you are worried about lead in the product, we would recommend you use Raw Linseed Oil but then the tradeoff would be much longer drying times.
This product has an insignificant amount of vapour as compared to varnishes so it is easier on the eyes, nose etc. Also, the percentage of lead vis-a-vis the volume of the product is in fractions and far lower vs. lead paints. Since this is a concentrated product, a little goes a long way and you can dilute this further with solvents to reduce the lead concentration further. As long as you let the product dry and air out in the outdoors, it is not harmful to the environment or your health.
Q. Can it be used for beech wooden chopping boards? Is it bad for your health? Is it safe for children or toys?
Only Raw Linseed Oil should be used on edible surfaces and to coat children's toys.
Q. How does it work?
Raw Linseed Oil and Double Boiled Linseed Oil seep inside the wood and protect it from inside, enhancing the grains and providing it a deeper colour. Danish Oil seeps inside along with forming a protective coating on the top because of other items in the blend.
Q. How long does the smell last?
If the wood is kept in a well ventilated room, the odour doesn't last long for more than 4-5 hours. This also depends on the climatic conditions as it would take longer to dry in humid conditions.
Q. Is self ignition of the oil possible ?
Oil itself does not catch fire. Rag cloth/Brush used to apply the oil may catch fire if it comes in contact with fire. Users are advised to dispose of the rag cloth with utmost care after use.
Q. How much area can one litre of oil cover?
This depends on multiple factors such as how much you apply on one coat, the porosity of the surface etc. but it typically covers 2.5-5 m2 per liter.
Q. Does it change the color of the wood?
Raw linseed oil and Danish Oil do not have a colour of their own. They might darken the original colour of the wood as it seeps in the wood and forms a protective layer.
Double Boiled Linseed Oil is slightly darker then original Linseed Oil and might leave a slight tint on the wood. Colour of the treated wood will also depend on the type of wood used.
Q. Can I use it for polishing terracotta floor tiles? Can we heat in the cooker and add essential oil and wax to thicken?
Yes. Terracotta clay tiles are treated with a protective layer of double boiled linseed oil and clear wax. Boiled linseed oil is called an impregnator; it is absorbed into the surface of the clay tile and forms a water-resistant seal. The linseed oil also protects the tile from staining during grouting. Terracotta clay tile floors need to have a layer of oil and wax applied once every three to four years.
At step to step guide - https://homeguides.sfgate.com/protect-clay-tiles-oil-25023.html
Q. Will it give Matte or glossy finish?
If used on untreated raw wood, Double Boiled Linseed Oil and Raw Linseed Oil will give a matte finish. Danish oil is slightly more glossy as it has added varnish and mineral spirits. The overall look will greatly also depend on the level of sanding done.
Q. Is it waterproof?
It is slightly water resistant/repellent but it will not make your product waterproof. Double Boiled Linseed Oil is the most waterproof option.
Q. What is the best way to apply the oil?. Can I use this oil so that the finish looks similar to an existing one?
Any wooden surface should be cleaned and sanded before starting. Typically a brush is used to apply a thin layer of oil. We always recommend that you try this on a small patch of the wood before and check the end result.You can also add some oil soluble colors (available at all paint stores) to get the color to match the existing table.
As the old polish is probably a different product, the colors and finish might be slightly different. This is the customer's personal preference at the end.
Q. How many coats should we do once the wood is sanded?
A minimum of 2 coats are advised for best results.
Q. Can it be used as it is or is mixing it with thinner necessary? I want to mix it with an oil based varnish?
Our products can be used on their own or diluted with other oil based varnishes only. Drying oils and varnishes are compatible with each other when mixed, so you can create your own blend by combining equal parts of boiled/raw linseed oil and any oil-based varnish
Q. Where can it be used? Can it be used to enhance the grains of wood?
Linseed oil is most often used indoors, either on paneling, moldings, beams, furniture and even on floors. It is important to apply this finishing oil only on bare or previously oiled wood, since any other finish such as paint, varnish or wax will prevent the penetration of the oil.
Painted, varnished or waxed wood will therefore need to be cleaned and/or stripped to bare wood before proceeding with linseed oil application. The surface must be sanded and dusted to ensure good penetration. Typically, three coats at 12 to 24 hour intervals are sufficient. When the last coat is completely dry, a light hand polishing can be done: This will enhance the satin finish and smooth the texture. The reason for this is that linseed oil is a drying oil that seeps inside the wood; Polished or varnished woods don’t allow linseed oil to seep in as much, and therefore are less effective.
For best results - Any kind of raw wood (inc. teak, pine, burma, sheesham etc) , old woods, engineered wood surfaces, study table, guitars, etc.
Will give okay results - varnished woods, brass objects (boiled linseed oil only), metal surfaces (boiled linseed oil only), wooden steps, paneling or other high usage wooden items.
Do not use on - Epoxy resin tables
Q. Can it be used to seal cement floors indoors? And to seal the concrete driveway outdoors?
Yes, linseed oil can be used to seal cement floors. The oil or wax penetrates deep into the capillaries of the cement tile and hardens. Although this type of sealer is already quite stable, it does not provide an absolute stain stop. For this reason, you should refrain from oil and wax sealing in kitchens and wet rooms. However, in highly frequented areas such as corridors, shops where no liquids are traded, etc. oiling and waxing is definitely highly recommended.
Q. Can I use it for metal surface paint?
Linseed oil is a common finish for wood, but it can be used on metal too. The oil penetrates and protects the surface of metal from oxidation. Multiple thin coatings work best to avoid the thicker coating from becoming gummy. Boiled Linseed Oil Works best for this purpose.
Q. Can it be used to clean brass artifacts?
Linseed oil (boiled but not raw) is a traditional agent for cleaning and polishing brass. It leaves a protective coating, but you need to rub it off and leave just a thin coating. It will appear gummy if too much is left on the metal. Furthermore, it will give the brass a bit of "patina" (a usually green film formed naturally on copper and bronze by long exposure or artificially (as by acids) and often valued aesthetically for its color) which is one of the reasons it's bought by those who want their brass to have a patina. If you don't want that effect, and want the brass to retain a high polish, you can use clear polyurethane or polymer-based car wax. Linseed oil has the advantage over polyurethane of being easier to remove later and can be used as a cleaning agent in its own right.
Q. Can Linseed Oil be used to mix with oil paint for artists paintings and for cleaning brushes?
This is used to mix paint for paintings and cleaning brushes. This is a natural product in its raw state.
Q. How to use Bat Oil?
Pour 1 tsp of Bat oil directly on to the flat side of the bat. Use a clean rag to rub the oil equally over the faces and edges of the bat. Do not use more than a 1 tsp to avoid over oiling. It is recommended to oil your bat every 4-5 weeks and before knocking it in.
Q. How to use Stand Oil?
Mix Stand Oil with Turpentine Oil (or mineral spirits) in a 1:2 ratio to make the mixture less thick. Cover the mixture tightly. Let it sit for a few days for it to mix well. While using, pour a small amount of the mixture into a container, and apply on a brush while painting.