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Traditional Oil Gloss


A flexible, durable, washable and waterproof high gloss oil based alkyd varnish for indoor and outdoor applications. Suitable for bathroom and kitchen furniture as well as radiators and doors with high demands on pre-treated wood, metal and plastic. Traditional Oil Gloss is particularly characterized by its homogeneous processing and high coverage.


  • Gloss level: > 85%
  • Theoretical coverage: 16 sqm / liter (varies depending on
  • surface porosity and structure)
  • Recommended dry layer thickness: 35 micrometers
  • Recommended coats: 2 coats
  • Hand dry: approx. 4 hours
  • Time until recoating: approx. 16 hours possible.
  • Volume solids: approx. 63%
  • Available Colors: The full Little Greene NCS and RAL color range**
  • Available pack sizes: 1.0 and 2.5 liters

** Little Greene oil-based paints are developed with the best care and quality. However, due to current EU legislation regarding solvents, insufficient exposure to UV light or heat can cause yellowing over time.


Fresh wood: For softwood, the knots should first be sealed to avoid discoloration and then the material should be primed with Little Greene Traditional Oil Primer Undercoat or Little Greene Intelligent Primer Undercoat. Resinous hardwood must be cleaned and treated with Little Greene Aluminum Wood Primer prior to priming (please refer to the relevant product data sheets for further details).

Before use, make sure the moisture content of the wood is below 15%. Damp wood should never be painted as this can cause bubbling, peeling, cracking and premature destruction of the paint layer.

Fresh oak should never be painted until it has been dried for at least 6 months.

Metals: Untreated iron should be cleaned by hand or mechanically to completely remove surface rust before priming with Little Greene Traditional Oil Primer Undercoat. Non-ferrous metals must be pre-treated or primed with a suitable primer.

Existing paint layer: Remove all loose and crumbling paint. Degrease with a suitable solution, such as lye. Rub thoroughly with medium-grit sandpaper to obtain a flat and intact surface and to even out areas where the paint has been removed. Make any repairs, sand and apply primer as necessary to the paint-free surface.

Plastics: Clean and sand the surfaces for lasting durability. Before applying the paint layer, an adhesion-promoting plastic primer should be applied.


Stir well before use. Do not apply to surfaces if the temperature during painting or drying is below 5°C or there is a high risk of rain.

Brush: Use a high quality plastic bristle brush of an appropriate size for the project. New brushes should be washed in clean water and dried thoroughly with a clean, lint-free cloth.

Do not immerse the brush too deeply in the paint so that the paint does not get under the clamping ring. Avoid drips and splashes by not picking up too much paint with the brush. Apply paint evenly and only expand the painting area so that areas that are still damp can still be applied.

For best results, always apply the final brush strokes in the same direction and never paint over paint that has already begun to dry. For nested objects or in locations where high ambient temperatures/strong air currents cannot be avoided, the open time can be increased by adding either 5% (v/v) white spirit or 3% (v/v) of a suitable flow optimizer. This is also recommended for large flat surfaces, although in such cases the use of a paint roller is recommended.

A gentle rub between coats removes dust particles and other contaminants for an almost professional finish.

Roller: For best results on smooth surfaces, use a short-pile fur roller. For textured surfaces, use a longer-nap roller as needed to achieve even and thorough coverage. Always carry out the last roller movements in the same direction and always connect to areas that are still damp. In locations where high ambient temperatures/strong air currents cannot be avoided, the open time can be increased by adding either 5% (v/v) white spirit or 3% (v/v) of a suitable flow optimizer.

In general, the surface must be dry, clean, stable, free of grease and free of contamination and separating substances such as sinter layers, resins, waxes, oils, release agents, etc. The substrate or old paint to be coated must be checked for compatibility with the new material. See also VOB, DIN 18363, part C, paragraph 3, painting and varnishing work. Old coatings: Check whether they can be painted over or whether they are compatible with the new coating. If necessary, carry out an adhesive tape test and a paint test. Loose, peeling and cracked old paint as well as old distemper paint must be completely removed down to the stable surface. Glossy old coats of paint must be roughened beforehand.

Spray on:
Dilute with up to: 25% (v/v) turpentine
Nozzle size: 1.60 to 2.00 mm (62 to 78 thou)
Air pressure: 0.28 to 0.41 MPa (40 to 60 psi)
Dilute with up to: 10% (v/v) turpentine
Nozzle size: 0.28 to 0.54 MPa (11 to 21 thou)
Pressure at nozzle: 12.6 to 19.6 MPa (1800 to 2800 psi)


Remove all excess paint and clean all devices immediately after use with white spirit or a suitable substitute. Never store brushes and rollers in the cleaning solution, as this will impair their application performance.


Store unused paint in a cool, dry, frost-free place and away from direct sunlight. Ensure closures are securely and correctly closed after use. If unopened and stored under the above conditions, this product has a shelf life of at least two years.


Cleaning: For light dirt, use a diluted, lukewarm dishwashing detergent solution and a clean sponge or lint-free cloth. Make sure the sponge or cloth is well moistened (but not soaking wet) and wipe the affected area several times if necessary.

Cleaning hot radiators can result in uneven polishing of the surface in places. To prevent general dirt build-up, ensure that your house/apartment is always well ventilated when you engage in activities such as cooking that result in oil or grease build-up. Dust generated by renovation work is best picked up immediately on site or with a vacuum cleaner.

To avoid scratches and streaks, always use a soft brush attachment when vacuuming adjacent surfaces.

Special Care: Avoid placing heavy objects on the surface for at least a week after painting. Bookshelves and other surfaces that receive frequent use can be easily treated with beeswax polish to prevent long-term damage.

Repair: Lightly sand the areas to be repainted and apply appropriate primer to exposed surface material. Repaint the area “edge to edge” with one or two coats of paint as needed. It may be necessary that individual parts such as: B. Window frames and doors as a whole need to be repainted to avoid slight color differences between the existing paint and the adjacent new paint. Only selective repairs will most likely lead to aesthetically poor results. Touching up small areas alone almost always results in an unsightly appearance.


Excess paint may only be disposed of through a certified waste disposal company. Empty metal containers can be recycled (remove plastic handle from 2.5L containers).


Always read the instructions on the can before use. Ensure good ventilation during application and drying. For further information, see the safety data sheet.


Manufactured in accordance with the standards of ISO 9001:2008 (Quality) and ISO 14001:2004 (Environmental Management Systems). 2004/42/EC EU limit for this product (cat.A/dsb): 300g/l (2010). This product contains max. 300g/l VOC. This product has been tested and rated A+ in accordance with the French Indoor Air Quality Decree No. 2011-321 - Arrete April 2011.