Do they still make it like that !

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Blog entry by canadianchips posted 10-05-2010 03:21 AM 988 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

I have finished building one of the roll cabinets for my wifes work place. I finished the inside with white enamel paint. Since the outside is going to be bumped ,scraped and run to I wanted a different color and something tougher. I knew I had a gallon of Implement paint (I quit farming in 1996, being a hoarder I thought I would use this paint one day. It was never opened) I went to my storage shed and YES it was there. The lid was almost rusted on. The paint is only 14-15 years old ! The layer of oil was on top, I used my mixing tool and brought everything together. This paint is like the day it was bought. WOW ! I now have 2 coats of FIRE RED on the outside. Tomorrow I am going to give it 2-3 coats of clear !

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#1 posted 10-05-2010 03:38 AM

Most probably the oil (linseed?) protected the pigments from oxidation. Linseed will also polymerize from oxygen absorption, but with the lid rusted shut, the only oxygen present was what was originally in the full can.

The materials naturally stratified and stayed pretty much as ‘raw’ materials until you stirred it up. That’s my guess!

As for do they make it anymore? I don’t know. Oil usually takes a long time to completely dry. It’s fallen out of use because there are faster drying products.

As an aside, Stradivarius used linseed oil to varnish his instruments. He actually bemoaned the lengthy drying time in a letter. Manufacturing couldn’t wait a month to get product on the shelf, so spirit varnish was invented and the old ‘secret’ varnish fell into disuse. A ‘lost’ art and the mysteries began….

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