How to Preserve Weathered Wood With Linseed Oil


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.

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

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

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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