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

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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

Step 3

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


Use linseed oil in a well-ventilated area.


Beware of the toxic fumes if you mix turpentine with linseed oil.

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