Linseed oil, boiled

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A processed Linseed oil that has been heated (but not to its boiling point) to produce a medium that dries faster than normal. Often called linseed oil varnish, the oil is heated to 200C for several hours. Small amounts of driers, such as cobalt or lead salts may be added. Boiled linseed oil dries with a high glossy sheen and is used for industrial paints, varnishes, enamels, and for Patent leather. Boiled linseed oil is thick and dark so it is rarely used for artist paints.

Synonyms and Related Terms

aceite de lino cocido (Esp.); aceite de linaza cocido (Esp.)

Resources and Citations

  • Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
  • R. J. Gettens, G.L. Stout, Painting Materials, A Short Encyclopaedia, Dover Publications, New York, 1966
  • M. Doerner, The Materials of the Artist, Harcourt, Brace & Co., 1934