Raw Linseed Oil is a traditional oil for nourishing and protecting interior wood. It is hard-wearing, giving a mellow, patinated finish, and is suitable for use on hard or close grained wood. Ideal for oiling cricket bats, it can be added to other oils to make unique blends, or used as the traditional lubricant in French polishing. It can be added to putty to help keep it soft.
Ensure the surface to be treated is clean and dry. Any previous finish must be thoroughly removed before using Raw Linseed Oil. For ease of application dilute the first few coats with Pure Turpentine (up to 30%), or alternatively heat the Raw Linseed Oil by placing it in a container and standing it in a bowl of hot water that can be frequently renewed. If heating Raw Linseed Oil, DO NOT dilute with turpentine. Rub well into the wood using a lint-free cotton cloth. After about 20-30 minutes, wipe off the excess with a clean lint-free cloth. Failure to do so will prevent penetration of future coats and leave a sticky surface. Repeat the previous steps once or twice at a few days’ interval. Apply a final coat of undiluted Raw Linseed Oil, again wiping off any excess. Allow this final coat to harden for a few days before use. A minimum of three coats is recommended. A light rubbing in between coats with Ultra Fine Steel Wool (Grade 0000) will improve results. If the surface becomes damaged, work in a new coat.