Painting with pine tar is an experience. The characteristic smell gives you the feeling of working directly with nature. The colours are perfect for your building façade, as well as for fences. You can also paint limewashed buildings using pine tar.

Good to know

Pine tar is a product from the forest. That is why it gives the best protection against moisture, drying-out, mildew and the elements. Since it is a natural product, there may also be slight differences in appearance between different products. To achieve a uniform colour across the entire wood surface, you must therefore mix the colours from several tins.

The pigmented pine tars are perfect colours for your façades, but also for boathouses and fences. Material that is quite simply made of wood. You can paint on both planed and unplaned wood using pine tar. However, planed wood requires more gum turpentine to facilitate penetration into the wood. It is also possible to paint limewashed buildings using pine tar. The pine tars penetrate deep into the wood, which limewash is unable to do, protecting it from e.g. mildew. The wooden structure remains visible and the surface is allowed to age with beauty.

The pine tars are based on our classic natural product Genuine Pine Tar, and we use gum turpentine as a solvent, which is also derived from wood. This means that the paints are actually part of the natural cycle. Discover nature’s own paint.

Pine tar has a characteristic smell that lingers for about a month after painting. But after just a few days, the smell will have faded significantly.

We recommend that you repaint after 5–10 years.This time span depends on numerous factors including the climate, the wood quality and where you live. If there is algae or mildew on the wood, it is important that you remove this, since merely brushing off dirt and dust is not sufficient. Then all you need to do is paint.

Painting guide

Read the painting guide below or download it as a PDF here: Painting guide

How to

Painting with pine tar is an experience. Here are some tips and advice on the painting process.


The pigmented tar is ready to be used on unplaned wood.

For planed wood, and also if you intend to spray paint, we recommend an extra dilution of 10–20% turpentine. (Pine Tar Vitriol already contains turpentine and needs no further dilution.)

If you have cans from different batches, you should mix them with each other before painting. This will ensure that the entire wooden surface has a uniform appearance and colour.

A huge advantage of pine tar is that no primer is needed. It is important to remove algae and mildew and make sure that the wood is dry before you start painting. Wood surfaces that have already been treated with our pine tars only need to be cleaned of dirt and dust. A wire brush should be used on wood that has previously been limewashed to get rid of any flaking paint. Finish off by brushing the entire surface with a softer brush or broom.

It might also be a good idea to check the weather forecast when planning your painting. We recommend that you paint in warmer weather, at least 10°C


Use a wide brush, approx. 70–100 mm. Work in the pine tar as if it were a “standard” paint and avoid painting in layers that are too thick. Stir the contents of the tin several times during the painting process to distribute the pigment in the pine tars and achieve a uniform colour.

Paint at least twice to achieve the best water protection and colour. Since the first coat of paint provides adequate protection, it is possible to wait for up to one year before applying the second coat if you need.