Pale Drying Oil

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Pale drying oil is perfect for making oil paints dry faster, yellowish in color. It is derived from a processed linseed oil from selected flax seed. See a detailed product information below.

Pale Drying Oil is made from well-settled, filtered raw linseed oil made from selected North American flax seeds. The oil is heated in closed kettles with the scientific addition of driers. Meets standards in ASTM D 260, Type 1 and Federal Specification TT-L-190.

In the past, before soluble liquid driers were developed, metallic driers could only be dissolved and thus made effective by reacting the metal salt or oxide (such as litharge or manganese borate) with the oil at high temperature. It was therefore necessary to heat or "boil" the oil, if you wanted an oil that already contained a drier. Our pale drying oil is made by heating raw linseed oil at a low temperature to slightly polymerize it and adding liquid driers.


Pale Drying Oil is fast drying. This is the best way to speed the drying of your oil paint. Add small amounts to your grinding oil when making oil colors or add to tube oil paint to promote faster drying. Add to painting mediums and oil colors to speed drying without the danger of adding excessive amounts of driers. This is a good substitute for "black oil" and driers.

Use turpentine, spike oil or mineral spirits as the solvent for oil painting mediums and for brush and studio clean up.


Linseed oil is a yellowish drying oil derived from the dried ripe seeds of the flax plant (Linum usitatissimum, Linaceae).

Product Information
Natural Source:Linseed Linum usitatissimum
Chemical Name:Linseed oil with driers
CAS No.:8001-26-1
Typical Fatty Acid Profile
Linoleic Acid:24.1%
Linolenic Acid:47.4%
Oleic Acid:19.0%
Palmitic Acid:6.0%
Stearic Acid:2.5%
Typical Properties
Acid Value (mg KOH/g):7.5 Maximum
Color (Gardner, Maximum):12
Iodine Value:170–185
Viscosity (Gardner-Holt at 25 °C):A–B
Appearance (at 25 °C):Clear/Transparent
Specific Gravity (at 25 °C):0.928
Weight Per Gallon (at 25 °C):7.75 lbs.
Drying Time:16 Hours Maximum

Health and Safety

There are no acute or known chronic health hazards associated with the anticipated use of this product (most chemicals are not fully tested for chronic toxicity). Always protect yourself against potentially unknown chronic hazards of this and other chemical products by keeping them out of your body. Do this by avoiding ingestion, excessive skin contact, and inhalation of spraying mists, sanding dusts and vapors from heating. Conforms to ASTM D-4236.

WARNING: Rags or paper towels contaminated with vegetable drying oils, particularly those containing iron oxide pigments are susceptible to spontaneous combustion. To prevent unexpected fires, used rags or paper towels contaminated with oil-based materials should be collected in a closable, air-tight container. Store water-dampened rags or paper towels in a metal container with an air-tight top. Alternately, washing contaminated rags will remove contaminating materials and eliminate risk.

For more information on how to handle artist's materials safely, please read How to Safely Handle Art Materials and Pigments.


For best results store in a cool, dry place tightly closed.

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BrandRublev Colours
VendorRublev Colours
Processing TimeOrders ship on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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