How is the pine tar made?

Our pine tar is produced by dry distillation of wood in an oven. That is why pine tar is a natural product.

How is it that pine tar is such a good wood protection?

Pine tar is a product derived from pine and contains a large proportion of resin and turpentine. By treating wood with pine tar, you therefore add these natural substances that the tree itself uses against insect infestation and other damage. The wood also gets a natural impregnation that prevents moisture from penetrating and instead allows it to breathe. This prevents the wood from drying out and cracking.

In what weather and at what temperature can I paint with pine tar?

For optimal conditions when painting, you should plan the painting for early summer/ summer or early autumn. Make sure the weather is expected to be stable and relatively sunny in coming days. A heavy rain shower on a freshly facade can, in worst case, cause the paint to run off. Wood tar dries slowly and it takes a few days before the tar has formed a water repellent protection. Be sure to cover details that are not to be painted such as doors, windows, house foundation etc. Leave the cover plastic for a few days after painting or until the tar has started to dry at the surface. We recommend dry weather and a temperature preferable over 10 °C / 32°F. At that temperature the tar products are easy to work with and penetrate easily into the wood. It can be painted in colder weather, but the tar becomes a little thicker, harder to smooth out and dries more slowly. It is important that the wood is dry during the treatment and that it does not rain or get damp before the tar has dried. The warmer the weather, the thinner and easier the tar is to work with.

What do I need to do before I start painting?

It’s important that the surface is completely clean and dry. If it has been infested with algae or mold of any kind, the surface must first be washed with algae or mold wash. The surface must be dry before you start painting. For surfaces that have already been treated with pine tar, you only need to brush and clean off dirt and dust. On wood that has previously been painted with distemper paint, you should use a wire brush to remove loose paint. Finish by brushing off the entire surface with a soft brush or broom. Stir carefully in the tin before you start and also several times during the painting. The pigment settles quickly in the bottom of the tin, especially for the Pine Tar Vitriol, which must be stirred more regularly than the other pigmented tars.

How much pine tar is needed per square meter?

The consumption is between 5-8 sqm per liter for all our pigmented tars except for Pine tar vitriol which has consumption between 6-10 sqm per liter. Our Genuine pine tar and our Kiln burned pine tar have a consumption of about 2-4 sqm per liter. The consumption depends on the type of wood, if the surface is planed or unplaned, the weather conditions (temperature) and whether it is a new or older facade. A dry and cracked facade absorbs the tar heavily so the consumption per square meter might be significantly greater than normal.

How fast do pine tars dry?

Wood tar is a pure natural product that is relatively slow-drying. Drying time depends on how thick you paint, which type of wood is chosen, new or older facade, the weather during and after painting. Therefore, you can not give an exact time when it is completely dry. The surface begins to feel drier after a few days while the smell of tar begins to subside slightly. After that, it takes a few weeks and sometimes up to a few months before the surface is completely dry. The drying time is shorter for Tar Vitriol than for our other pigmented tar.

How many times should I paint?

Paint at least twice to get the best water-repellent protection and even color tone. Since the first coating provides good protection, you can wait with the second painting for up to a year if needed. Remember that the first treatment must have dried completely before you coat again.

How long does the paint last?

We usually recommend that you paint again after 5-10 years depending on the weather. The tar lasts shorter on the south and west sides compared to other sides. The time span is wide due to, among other things, the weather and wind, the quality of the wooden surface and where you live. Tar gradually builds up layers and the more times you have painted, the longer the maintenance intervals.

How long does the tar fragrance last?

The slightly stronger fragrance of tar diminishes significantly after a few days, when much of the turpentine disappears. After that a more soft and smoky tar fragrance comes out and it stays for a few months and then only appears on really hot days. After a year or so, you have to put your nose against the facade to smell it.

Can I repaint a house that has previously been treated with distemper paint?

Absolutely, it’s not a problem. Our Red tar contains similar pigments as traditional distemper paint. Remember to be careful to wash clean if the surface is dirty and if it has been infested with mold. The tar is not a pesticide and will not remove previously mold-infested surface. Preferably paint over with the same color as the distemper paint has.

Can I use the pine tar on other wood materials than house facades?

Yes, the colors also go well with planks, boathouses, piers, flowerboxes, fences, stables, garden rooms and more. Almost all wood that has not previously been painted with modern colors and is outdoors can be treated with pine tar. Tar should not be used on wood indoors.

Do I have to use stainless steel nails?

No, none of our wood tars, including Pine tar vitriol, contains ferrous sulphate which means nails and tins can start to rust. Ordinary galvanized nails can be used.

Can I use any paint other than tar if I regret it?

Yes, regular distemper paint works well. If the surface is several years old and has stopped “bleeding” in hot weather, you can try painting over with linseed oil paint in a similar color. Test first on a smaller surface.

Can pine tar discolor other materials?

Yes, on for example windows you can use turpentine or ethanol to remove tar. You can also use other paint removers. Materials such as concrete as well as pavings should be covered before painting.

Will the color chalk up?

Our pigmented tars allow the wood to breathe and instead of the paint starting to crack and flake off, the surface and the pigment will slowly “chalk” and disappear. Pigmented tars works in a similar way as a distemper paint but are more durable and have color pigments that bind in tar instead of water.

Does tar mold and where does the mold come from?

Pure tar contains no nutrients that allow mold to grow. Nothing in the tar minimizes mold if it already has appeared. It is a natural process caused by variations in climate, the material in the surfaces and several other factors that on certain occasions interact so that favorable conditions arise for the growth of mold and algae.

What happens if the paint has frozen during storage?

Normally nothing happens to the tar. It can be stored in cold rooms.

Can you paint pallet rims with tar?

Pine tar is an excellent wood protection for all kinds of wooden constructions, but it is not food approved. We recommend painting the outside and covering the inside with a suitable canvas.

Can you paint over Iron Vitriol with tar and what is the difference from Pine tar vitriol?

Iron vitriol can be painted over as it is, but preferably use our covering pigmented tars. Pine tar vitriol can also work, but it does not become as gray and fine as if you paint on a completely new panel. The difference between these products is that the tar protects and strengthens the facade without aging it.

Can you paint over a surface that has been painted with pine tar with another pine tar?

Our pigmented tars aren’t completely covering. The color that covers best is our Black pine tar. However, you may need to paint it several times over a longer period for it to get a good coverage.

Can you paint on oak, larch and other hardwoods?

It’s possible to paint tar on hardwood, but preferably wait a few years until the facade has a little surface so that the tar can penetrate better.

Can I use tar on pressure impregnated wood?

Yes, preferably leave the surface for a few years until you do the first treatment.

Can you alter the colour?

Our regular non-pigmented tars cannot be altered into different colors. However, you can mix an already finished pigmented tar color like black, vitriol or red with another to get a different color, here you will need to test it yourself.

Do I need to add any solvent?

Yes, you will need a solvent like Gum turpentine to diluted, the only exception is Pine tar vitriol which has been already diluted. Dilution ratios that we recommend: unplanned wood dilute with 20% gum turpentine and for planned wood dilute with total 40% gum turpentine. You can also do your own test of dilution ratios depending on the finishing look you will like to achieve. Remember to stir it well, the pigment settles quickly in the bottom of the can, which must be stirred regularly during the application process.

Paint on planed and unplanned wood?

For unplanned wood, pigmented pine tars needs to be dilute with 20% gum turpentine and linseed oil. For planed surfaces and surfaces that are of harder wood, you must dilute with 40% gum turpentine and linseed oil. Keep in mind that the pine tar gets thinner the warmer it is, so just use so much that you get a good coverage without the tar starting to run. As planed wood is shiny, the tar can also look shiny the first time. You can also do your own test of dilution ratios depending on the finishing look you will like to achieve.

Advantage/disadvantage of painting the wood before set-up or on site?

If you paint on loose wood, we recommend that you paint the first coat when the timbers are flat on the ground, you then reduce the risk of white stripes on the facade when the wood dries. Tar takes a long time to dry so it can take time to paint twice if you choose to paint everything when the facade is up. This can be especially important to keep in mind, for example, your rent scaffolding when painting. Painting should not be done indoors. Tar contains turpentine which is a volatile solvent that should not be inhaled. Read more in the safety data sheets on our website.

Undercoating on end wood?

Only use tar for the end wood. End wood sucks about 30 times more than ordinary wood surface, so it’s important that this part of the wood is made water repellent. You can make the tar a little bit thinner with turpentine so that it penetrates better into the end wood.

Can you paint on a previously painted surface?

It is possible to paint on a previously glazed surface if it’s old and has started to flake. Just keep in mind that the tar cannot penetrate where there is a previously painted surface. It’s good to be aware that our pigmented tars are not opaque and that other colors or flaked surfaces can be seen through. We recommend that you do a test on a smaller area first before you paint over.

Paint with non-pigmented tar, Genuine pine tar 850 and Kiln burned pine tar 773?

The pine tar can be diluted with about 20% turpentine for easier penetration into the wood. There is also an old traditional pine tar coating recipe is a third of each, linseed oil, turpentine and pine tar. It can be used on wooden facades, wooden roofs, churches, boats, piers, fences and more. Pure pine tar has antiseptic qualities and can be used for veterinary purposes such as horseshoes and more. The tar turns dark brown when applied, because it does not contain any pigment, the color fades through time, but the tar continues to do its job in the wood. The drying time ranges from a few days up to several weeks.

Paint with pigmented pine tars, Black pine tar and Red pine tar?

These are recommended to dilute with 20% gum turpentine and linseed oil to use on unplanned wood, for planed wood dilute with 40% gum turpentine and linseed oil (You can also do your own test of dilution ratios depending on the finishing look you will like to achieve). It is important to paint in thin layers to avoid cracking. Stir well on the bottom of the tin before painting; also stir occasionally during the painting. We recommend that you paint two coats on previously untreated wood. Drying time is anywhere from a few days up to several weeks. Whilst the tar penetrates into the timber, the color remains on the surface. Coverage is between 5-8 square meter per liter.

Paint with pigmented tar, Pine tar vitriol?

Pine tar vitriol is ready to be used as it is, no dilution should be done. It turns brown/grey with the first coating. At the second coating it turns further gray. It is then a reaction with the sun that makes it light grey. Where the sun does not access, for example the north side of the house, it does not turn as gray. Stir thoroughly, especially at the bottom of the tin before painting as the pigment settles, also stir in the can during painting about every 5 minutes. We recommend two coats on previously untreated wood. Drying time is anywhere from a few days up to several weeks. The color remains on the surface. Coverage is between 6-10 square meter per liter.

What is pine tar?

Pine tar is a type of wood protection that you can use to protect your wooden products from damage caused by moisture, pests, and other environmental factors. With the right pine tar, your wood can be protected from the damaging effects of mold, algae, fungus, and more that would harm your wood. It is vital to protect wood to ensure that it will last for many decades to come. Applying pine tar to the wood will also maintain its healthy and vibrant appearance.

What types of wood protection products do you offer?

We sell a range of wood protection products such as pine tar, color pine tar, gum turpentine, and linseed oil among others.

What are the main differences between sealers, stains, paints, and preservatives?

Sealers create protective barriers on the wood surface. They also prevent moisture and other elements from penetrating the wood. Stains are used to enhance the natural beauty of the wood while protecting against UV rays and other environmental factors. Paints are coatings that can cover the surface of the wood. Preservatives, on the other hand, are applied to wood surfaces to prevent rot, decay, and insect damage.

Are your wood protection products safe for any type of wood?

Yes, they are safe for use on hardwoods, softwoods, engineered wood products, and others.

How do I apply your wood protection products?

The application process will depend on the product. In general, you need to clean and prepare the surface of the wood before applying the product. To be sure you’re doing it right, the “Learn About” pages on our site that accompany every product as well as the Safety Data sheets can be helpful.

How often do you apply your products?

The frequency of application varies depending on the product, environmental conditions, and other factors. The “Learn About” pages on our site can provide further instruction in regards to each product.

Will your products change the color of my wood?

It doesn’t so much “change” the color of your wood so much as it enhances your wood’s appearance. Pine tar deepens it, adding character while maintaining the natural color of your wood. Our pine tar can stain your wood, darkening it, yes, but also making sure that it’s protected.

Can pine tar be used on outdoor wood furniture and structures?

Yes, pine tar and other wood protection products at Pine Tar World are designed for use on indoor and outdoor wood furniture and structure.

Will pine tar protect against termites and other wood-boring insects?

Many of our products have natural components that can deter termites and other wood-boring insects.

How environmentally friendly are pine tar and other products?

We only offer a range of environmentally friendly wood protection products. They are water-based products that contain low levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Can pine tar be used on wood that has been painted or stained?

For the most part, we do not recommend using our pine tar on wood that has previously been treated with other solid colors.

How Often Do I Need to Apply Pine Tar?

The simple answer is “not for a long time.” Many of our customers report only having to do so once a decade.

Will pine tar and other wood protection products protect against weathering and UV damage?

Yes, our products contain UV inhibitors and other ingredients that are designed to protect against weathering and UV damage.

How long does it take for pine tar to dry?

The drying time will take a few days, depending on the weather. That’s why we recommend applying our products during summer or the hot season so that drying times are quicker.

How effective is pine tar in protecting the wood from rotting?

Our genuine pine tar is effective at treating and preventing wood rot. However, its effectiveness will depend on how you prepare the wood for application. If the wood surface is infested with microbes that cause rot, you need to remove them first. Then, make sure that there is no moisture. If there is still moisture in the wood, it will be trapped inside causing the wood to rot. Hence, after removing the microbes, dry the wood first to completely eliminate the moisture. After that, you can start applying this product to the surface.

How is Swedish pine tar made?

It is made by heating pine resin to a high temperature until it becomes a sticky liquid. It is then mixed with turpentine and applied to the wood surface. 

What types of wood can your pine tar be used on?

Our authentic Swedish pine tar can be used on most types of wood. These would include softwoods, hardwoods, and engineered wood products.

How is your Swedish pine tar applied to the wood surface?

You will need to use a clean brush to apply it. But you have to clean and dry the surface first before application.

Will your wood preservatives expire?

Our wood preservatives can last for a very long time, particularly if they haven’t been opened. However, we highly recommend storing them in a temperature-regulated environment.

Does pine tar make the surface waterproof?

When pine tar is applied to the wood surface, it makes it resistant to water. This is thanks to the sealant element of the product that prevents water from causing any damage to the surface.

Can I use pine tar on gloves?

No, it is not used on gloves. The reason for this is that it can damage your skin as well as the glove.