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Painting with Pine Tar

Painting with pine tar is a different experience compared to regular and modern paint. The pine tar is based on substances produced naturally in the woods and is prepared by dry distillation of wood, especially pine. Depending on the species of pine used in the preparation, the pine tar may have a different odor and color.

Before painting:
Our pigmented pine tars are ready to use for unplanned wood after careful stirring, if you have planned wood you need to dilute with further 10-20 % turpentine or warm up to 50-60 degrees before painting. Pine Tar Oil and Vitriol Pine Tar are ready to use as they are and you do not need to dilute further for planned wood.

Make sure the timber is dry before you start to paint, that will enable the pine tar to penetrate the wood. If the wood contains too much moisture, the tar will settle on the surface instead. .

We recommend painting during hot weather, at least 10°C. Then the pine tar is more convenient to work with.

The Pine Tar can be painted directly on untreated wood without primer or on earlier tarred or mud colored wood. You could also paint Pine Tar Vitriol over Iron vitriol.

Wood tar is a natural product which can vary in appearance from different productions. If you have several cans, mix the estimated amount needed for the surface to avoid any color differences.

When painting:
As the tar soakes into the timber, we recommend to use a wide brush (70-100 mm) to avoid an uneven surface.

Stir the can any now and then during painting to mix up the pigment.

For the best water protection, we recommend two coats. It is ok to delay the second coating up to a year as the first coat will protect the wood during this time.

After painting:
The drying time is ca 24 h at normal outdoor temperatures during grinding season. For new construction, it may be helpful to paint wood on the ground for maximum coverage.

The wonderful Pine Tar odor is present for about a month after the painting. However, the smell decreases considerably only after a few days.

We recommend painting every 5-10 years. The large range depends on the climate but also on the quality of the wood. Once it is time to paint again, simply remove dirt from the facade and then you are ready to apply a new layer of Pine Tar.

Important information!
Since wood tar is a natural product, it can change something in appearance between different productions. If you have jars with different production numbers, you should mix them together to give the same color tone on the entire surface. Drying time varies depending on how thick it is painted, how well the wood soaks and on the weather. The tar color is ready to be used on un planed timber, planed timber is diluted according to the can’s instructions with about 10-20% balsam turpentine further. The main rule is that the tar color should be diluted so much that it can be easily painted with a brush in thin layers. The Vitriol Pine tar already contains gum turpentine and should not be diluted.