Linseed-oil stains are wiped on, become opaque when dry, and mix well with pigments. They're generally applied in a thick coat and allowed to dry until the stain begins to lose its glossy appearance; then the excess is wiped off with a cloth. Turpentine-based, alcohol-based, and water-based stains are other options. May 21, - I've read a lot about Albeck and other linseed paints. Stain is just thin paint -- so switching to stain isn't really a solution if you want a painted.