Linseed Oil and Turpentine are among some of the most popular products in the area of oil painting, cleaning, and removal. Although they have may seem to be quite similar there are many important differences that separate these two products. Linseed oil is a naturally strong scented edible yellowish liquid that’s made from the ripe seeds of the flax plant. These seeds are dried and then the oil is extracted using cold pressing. Unlike Turpentine which is highly poisonous Linseed Oil is naturally health and actually contains high levels of healthy omega-3 essential fatty acids which are good for the heart if eaten naturally. Also, unlike Turpentine Linseed Oil can be very dangerous because it has been known to spontaneously burn rags and clothing when mixed with certain resins, oils, and solvents, so one should be careful when working with this liquid.
Stand linseed oil
A pale oil that is slightly thicker than other linseeds. It IS very slow to dry but leaves the paint with a tough, flexible finish.
Refined linseed oil
Refined linseed oil is slow to dry, pale yellow In color. It increases gloss and flow.
Bleached linseed oil
This is a refined, pale oil. It flows very easily, and so increases the viscosity of the paint. It dries slightly faster than other Linseeds.