How to Preserve Weathered Wood With Linseed Oil

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Refinish furniture with linseed oil.
Refinish furniture with linseed oil. (Image: Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Linseed oil comes from the seeds of the flax plant. It can preserve and beautify wood and leaves a wonderful sheen on the wooden surface. Use only boiled linseed oil as the drying time will be much faster. A linseed oil finish can be renewed by applying once a month or sooner if you see the surface becoming dull. Linseed oil sinks into the pores of the wood and hardens, creating a tough and durable protection.

Things You'll Need

  • Linseed oil
  • Soft cloths
  • Wood furniture
  • Fine steel wool
  • Paintbrushes

Start with a clean wooden surface. Wipe, brush or spray the linseed oil on the wood and let it set at least 1 hour. You may want to let the wood rest overnight to ensure the oil is completely absorbed.

Apply the linseed oil to the wooden surface.
Apply the linseed oil to the wooden surface. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Buff the wood with the fine steel wool. Sand the wood lightly to remove any roughness. Apply more coats, sanding between each one.

Sand between each coat of linseed oil.
Sand between each coat of linseed oil. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Rub linseed oil onto the wood with a cloth until the surface is saturated. Rub the wood firmly to bring out the shine.

(Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Tips & Warnings

  • Use linseed oil in a well-ventilated area.
  • Beware of the toxic fumes if you mix turpentine with linseed oil.

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