In my Oil Paint Brand reference I ignore Lukas oils, assigning them to the student-grade category. Recently I purchased an assortment of their 1862 line, which is their premier line. The prices for the 1862 line is inline with affordable professional brands such as Blue Ridge, RHG, and Winsor Newton. After I put them through their paces, I’ll post a review and update my reference.
One thing that troubles me is that they add beeswax to their paint. I hate adulterants in paint. If I want something in the paint, I’ll put it there myself. I don’t believe the beeswax is added for economy (although it might be), but it still bothers me. For binder they use cold-pressed linseed oil (which I like) and safflower oil (which I don’t like).
Another thing that bothers me is that Lukas doesn’t offer any lead-based whites, which is a huge negative. Color me skeptical. Anyway, I will give them a decent trial then update my reference.
UPDATE: Finally completed my review.