The removal of linseed oil and rejuvenation of finishes on wooden objects

Publication Type:

Conference Paper


Martin, Mervin B.;


Conservation of wood in painting and the decorative arts: preprints of the contributions to the Oxford congress, 17-23 September, 1978, p.59-61 (1978)


finishes, linseed oil, turpentine, wood


A furniture finish consisting of linseed oil, turpentine and vinegar, with a small amount of methylated spirits, is popular in museums and elsewhere. However, the finish attracts dust; darkens with time; leaves finger marks; and stays soft and sticky. A new formula, consisting of reagent ethyl alcohol, odorless kerosene and glacial acetic acid, is proposed.