Why are barns traditionally painted red?



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    There are a few different theories as to why rural barns are typically red. Farmers used to use oil, often linseed oil — a tawny-colored oil, to seal the wood of their barn. Usually they would also add something to the oil mixture, like milk or lime. This combo produced a long-lasting paint. Theories as to wear the ‘red’ color (more often a burnt-red color then fire engine red seen today) came from is that farmers might add the blood of a recent slaughter or rust to the mixture. Eventually red barns became a fashionable thing in contrast to white farms.

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