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How to Paint Lincrusta

Updated February 21, 2017

Lincrusta is an embossed wall covering made of wood flour and gelled linseed oil. Although Lincrusta is well-suited for paint, do-it-yourselfers often have difficulty generating a flawless finish because the deep embossing tends to promote excessive runs. If you're planning to paint Lincrusta, learn the proper way to generate attractive results, free from messy runs. Take the time to prepare the Lincrusta properly, or the new finish may separate and peel away.

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  1. Wipe the Lincrusta with white spirit solvent, using rags. Allow an hour for the solvent to evaporate.

  2. Cover areas next to the Lincrusta, using tape. Professional painter's tape will provide good protection and won't damage underlying varnish or paint; recognise painter's tape by its light blue colour. Cover flooring below the Lincrusta, using canvas dust sheets.

  3. Coat the Lincrusta with acrylic primer, using a roller. Roll vertically, priming a 3-foot-wide portion of the Lincrusta.

  4. Run a polyester brush over the wet primer to prevent runs and promote smooth results. Brush vertically, pressing lightly with the brush. Continue until all of the Lincrusta is primed. Let the primer dry for two hours.

  5. Place your tools in the bathtub and wash them with running water.

  6. Paint the Lincrusta the same way you primed it. Satin or semigloss latex paint is appropriate for Lincrusta.

  7. Warning

    Even if the Lincrusta appears completely clean, unseen dust and oils may exist on the surface. These impurities will prevent the acrylic primer from adequately bonding with the Lincrusta. Be sure to degrease the surface using white spirit solvent, or peeling may result.

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Things You'll Need

  • White spirit solvent
  • Rags
  • Professional painter's tape
  • Canvas dust sheets
  • Roller frame
  • Nap roller cover
  • Roller extension pole
  • Acrylic primer
  • 4-inch polyester paintbrush
  • Satin or semigloss latex paint

About the Author

Ryan Lawrence

Ryan Lawrence is a freelance writer based in Boulder, Colorado. He has been writing professionally since 1999. He has 10 years of experience as a professional painting contractor. Lawrence writes for High Class Blogs and Yodle. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism and public relations with a minor in history from the University of Oklahoma.

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