drying oil

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an oil that hardens in air due to oxidation and is often used as a paint or varnish base

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Linseed is a drying oil that provides fast dry, good hardness, and respectable flexibility properties; it also tends to yellow more than some of the semi-drying alternatives.
Among the oils that are exploited as drying oils due to their carbon-carbon double bond functionality, linseed and tung are the most significant.
The exploitation of soybean oil for new industrial purposes has by far outstripped the similar utilization of canola and flaxseed oils (the majority of flaxseed oil that is processed in Canada goes towards industrial usage, particularly as a drying oil in paints, varnishes, etc.
These were drying oils (unsaturated fats) that react with oxygen to form a film much like the skin that forms on paint.