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Default Lamp black. Where can it be obtained?

Hi All, I have an old antique engine that was originally painted with lamp black and linseed oil. It's gone past that stage and needs to be redone. The original finish according to the mfg'r was "lamp black and linseed oil in proportional quantities" Whatever that was. Any Ideas?
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http://www.naturalpigments.com/lamp-black.html

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it's a coloring agent for mortar. If you want mortar joints that are gray to black you just add lampblack. This is more than likely available at a masonry supply .
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Default Re: Lamp black. Where can it be obtained?

Also called "carbon black". Here are a couple more links:
http://www.surface519.com/index.php?...hk=1&Itemid=51
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...=REG&A=details

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You can mail order lamp black from dick blick, pearl paint or guerra pigments. Any place that sells fine art supplies should be able to get you the powdered pigment. Remember that the linseed oil must be of the boiled variety or it will never dry.
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Where ever you get it, make sure it is not the pelletized variety as it will be impossible to disperse well in the oil. Ask if it is the fluffy variety as this will disperse easily. If you put it in a poly bottle with a handful of old nuts and shake it vigorously, it should give you a nice, intimately-mixed slurry. I've used this also to make cast look old. I use Penetrol instead of linseed oil which dries to a nice finish over a few hours. Your mileage may vary...
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I have bought something called stove black at hardware stores although I have not shopped for it for 10 years or more. It is liquid. I have done several engines with it mixing with linseed oil until the desired color I wanted applied over rusty iron. I am very happy with the finish.
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An old thread, I realize.

Can lampblack/linseed oil 'paint' be used over an existing, good, modern paint job to achieve a more period appearance?
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Don't make your own! Go to the hardware store and purchase some Rustoleum black paint. It's linseed oil (they call it fish oil) and lamp black. How do I know this? It's what I do for a living. Your homebrew concoction will never be as good as the paint companies.
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Perhaps off topic a bit, but has anyone had any experience with Rust-Oleum Rust Reformer in the rattle can?
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