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.
Our pigmented pine tars need to be diluted with about 20% gum turpentine or warm up to 50-60 ° C before painting. Our Bright tar oil and our Pine tar vitriol are ready for use after stirring.
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.
As the tar is sucked 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.
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.