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          Wood tar as a preservative in wood treatment procedures has been known since the Middle Ages. Traditionally, wood tar is obtained from resinous pine top parts and roots. In maritime regions it is a necessary agent in wooden facade, roof and boat painting. Traditional tones in coastal towns of Liepāja and Ventspils from the 17th century until the beginning of the 20th century are red and black.

          Having mastered the ancient craftsmen secrets, we offer a sustainable and eco-friendly pine tar paint which is prepared from the highest-grade materials. We have expanded the traditional range of colours and we also offer wood tar paints in light and nuanced grey hues.

         Wood tar paint is made by mixing pine tar, linseed oil varnish and mineral pigments. The pigments ensure protection against the exposure to sun radiation, whereas the wood tar and the varnish get absorbed deeply into the wood structure, protecting it from moisture.

         Tar paint is best used on rough-sawn wooden surfaces, but it can just as well be used on metal and plastering. This paint is the softest and most elastic of all the paints suitable for exterior works, but it has the longest drying period: from 3 to 7 days (depending of the weather conditions). Therefore we recommend planning the painting works during the warm season of the year. Wood tar paint has a long lifespan and is a very good preservative preventing wood decay. Tarred house roofs and facades in Sweden and Norway stay strong for hundreds of years.

Facade and terrace painted with RAITUMS wood-tar paint.

Ž.Lipke memorial in Ķīpsala.

Architect: Zaiga Gaile

Photo: Ansis Starks


This scale consists of the most popular tones ordered during our years of work. The names of the colours refer to the first clients who chose the respective hue: name of the client, the place of the object, the mineral pigment used or other associations.

NCS codes are matched as close to the sample as possible. However there could still be slight tonal differences.

Choose the colour based on its covering ability, name, sequence number or NCS code.

1l of paint covers 4-8 m² of surface in two layers.

Check out painting techniques, instructions and useful tips to get the best results.

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