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Old 04-16-2009, 12:07 PM
Hank Bloomer Hank Bloomer is offline
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Painting was indeed an art. Paint was mixed on the job and how close each batch matched depended entirely on the "eye" of the master painter. White was, and remains, one of the most difficult colors to get an exact shade match on.
As Capt. Bates noted in an earlier thread on this subject, it was common practice to add just a smidge of blue to white paint to help counteract the yellowing tendency of the linseed oil. There exist photos of seagoing ships where painting was begun on a side and the last batch didn't quite match the first. Nautical Research Journal ran some articles on this subject several years ago.

I too have rubbed in quite a bit of linseed oil over the years, either straight or mixed with Penetrol or mineral spirits. It was, and is, an excellent, if highly flammable, wood treatment and finish.
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