The original oil polish with a tradition going back many centuries, Raw Linseed Oil is a hardwearing oil giving a mellow, patinated finish on hard or close grained wood. It is ideal for oiling cricket bats and can be added to other oils to make unique blends and is the traditional lubricant used in French Polishing.
Before finishing a surface with Raw Linseed Oil first ensure the surface being treated is clean and dry. Any previous finish must be thoroughly removed before using Raw Linseed Oil.
Raw Linseed Oil is supplies ready to use but for ease of application you can 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 the 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 (0000) will improve results.
To clean the surface simply wipe it down with a damp cloth and then buff dry. If the surface becomes damaged, work in a new coat and re-oil as necessary
Important: Oil finishes bring out the natural colours of timber. A wet surface will be an indication of the final colour. Always test product on a spare surface or inconspicuous area for colour, compatibility and end result.