Is it safe to oil-out an oil painting with Walnut oil? Absolutely!

I noticed that someone was wondering if oiling out an oil painting with Walnut oil is safe. Absolutely! In fact the old dutch masters used walnut oil as a medium and their paintings are still in tact hundreds of years later. So yeah, it’s safe. Make sure your painting is one hundred percent dry. Pour some Walnut oil into a ceramic dish and using a soft brush, brush it on your painting and then with a soft lint-free cloth, gently wipe it all off again.

4 thoughts on “Is it safe to oil-out an oil painting with Walnut oil? Absolutely!

    • Wow, Bob, I didn’t know that M Graham’s walnut alkyd cleans up with water. So what you are saying, is that, as long as the colors are made with walnut oil, they are water miscible?

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  1. Naomi, I am not saying water miscilble, but I no longer use turps to clean brushes and very very sparingly use distilled turps with walnut oil/alkyd medium during early stages of a painting. I use baby oil to float the paint out of brushes before scubbing with water and bar soap.

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    • The problem using baby oil is that it never dries, ever, so if there are traces of baby oil in your brushes, it will end up in your painting compromising the paint layer.

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