How to paint with linseed oil paint

Matte linseed oil paint, interiors

Matte linseed oil paint is intended for use on interior ceilings and walls and can replace many of today’s plastic-based acrylate paints. It is easy to use and dries relatively quickly. It becomes surface dry after about 10 hours and a new coat can be applied after about 24 hours.

Absorbent surface – White Primer

An absorbent indoor ceiling or wall surface must first be primed with Ottosson’s White Primer to ensure a good end result. But how do you determine whether the surface is absorbent? You can easily test this by applying a little linseed oil on a few square inches of the substrate to be painted. If the oil is absorbed within half an hour, you must prime the surface before you can paint with the matte paint. Examples of substrates that usually must be primed first are hardened dry plaster/stucco, wood, drywall, oriented strand board, cardboard, and older paper wallpaper, as well as surfaces painted with distemper, emulsion, and tempera paints.

Non-absorbent surfaces

On surfaces that do not absorb the linseed oil, you can paint directly with the matte linseed oil paint without priming. Examples of substrates that can usually be painted directly with matte linseed oil paint are plastic paints, oil paints, and modern, surface-treated wallpapers. Matte linseed oil paint is applied in one or two coats with a brush, lacquer roller, or sprayer. When the paint has dried for a couple of weeks, the painted surface becomes water resistant and can be wiped off with a damp cloth.

Matte linseed oil paint contains boiled linseed oil, color pigments, and gentle thinner, and is not harmful to health or the environment. (See our safety data sheet)


We do not recommend our matte linseed oil paint for interior surfaces exposed to more wear and/or that require regular cleaning. Use our standard linseed oil paint instead. Examples of surfaces for which we do not recommend matte linseed oil paint are floors, kitchen joinery, and utility furniture.