Finally riding a big boys bike
- Jun 16, 2016
- Bellingham WA
How many folks have uses boiled linseed oil on thier projects? Pros and cons? Thinking of trying it on my b6 when it's done. Thanks!
At an antique auto show,(‘20s Fords) a guyHow many folks have uses boiled linseed oil on thier projects? Pros and cons? Thinking of trying it on my b6 when it's done. Thanks!
Very good point Boris - Yes it is extremely flammable and can spontaneously combust on it's own !!!!!Looks too wet. Is too wet. Used rags are extremely flammable. Why not just use an automotive paste wax?
I'm knocking on wood right now, but I'm also quite careful about any rags with acetone, mineral spirits, BLO, or anything else thats flammable. If I use a rag with any of this stuff, I always take it outside and drape it over my rock wall to dry out. If it oily, I throw it in the fire pit. I NEVER keep a greasy or oily rag inside the shop. NEVER.Very good point Boris - Yes it is extremely flammable and can spontaneously combust on it's own !!!!!
I used it on one of my bikes a couple months back and put the rag I'd used in a plastic measuring cup on the garage floor on some cardboard and walked out back to do some other stuff.
I came back up front about a half hour later and smelled something - something burning smell - couldn't figure out what it was.
I looked on the floor and the measuring cup had tilted over so I went and picked it up.........BAD CHOICE........burnt my hand !!!
That damn rag had gotten so hot it melted the cup and was smoldering - just a matter of time before it ignited.
I work in an industry that uses solvents and rags all the time and we put the rags in rag cans all the time and I have seen a rag fire flash.
In my 30+ years I have never seen anything combust that fast - not even close.
I'm sure glad I didn't throw the rag in a garbage can - that could have been a huge issue.
Perhaps I'll give BLO another try, and knock off the wet look as you suggest. Although I'm still nervous about used BLO rag disposal. I do like paste wax, but don't like the white specks that show up in the tiny pits when dry.I think one common misconception about boiled linseed oil is that it stays "oily". In a dry climate [here in North Dakota in the winter time], a thin coa t of BLO applied with a rag will dry to the touch in about 2 days.
If you don't like the "wet" finish, then you can lightly buff the surface with a rag and/or your hands when the BLO is about half dry.
I like BLO over was on patina'd bikes because BLO tends to hides pits and paint chips, whereas was tends to show off the same features [when dry].
Lastly, I think BLO and paste was should be considered equally, but for different purposes. BLO is a gentle sealer - wax is a rubbing compound.
I went for a "satin" finish on the BLO with this bike. Not matte, but also not dripping wet. A little finesse and timing does wonders. I'll be posting a thread in the near future about the before and after process that this bike underwent... lots and lots of resurrection work here...Perhaps I'll give BLO another try, and knock off the wet look as you suggest. Although I'm still nervous about used BLO rag disposal. I do like paste wax, but don't like the white specks that show up in the tiny pits when dry.
I have a friend who is very passionate about old vises (not vices) and old anvils. When he rebuilds an old vise, he'll coat it with BLO and bake it at 200F for HOURS in his smoker outside. This relieves all of the stresses of the vise and after that he'll paint and polish it. They are truly fabulous when he is done.Interesting thread. I've only ever used it on M1 Garand stocks. Didn't even know you could apply it over metal.