The wood tar as a preservative in wood treatment procedures is known already since the Middle Ages. Traditionally, it is obtained from resinous pine top parts and roots. In maritime regions it is an indispensable agent in wooden facade, roof and boat painting. The most traditional colours in coastal towns of Liepaja and Ventspils from the 17th century till the beginning of the 20th century are red and black.

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

         This paint is made, mixing pine wood 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 the moisture.

         The tar paint is best to be used on wooden surfaces that are not planed, 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, so 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. The tar paint has a long lifespan and it is a very good preservative preventing the 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 colours ordered during our 19 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 differences in hue.

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

With a kg of paint in one layer 8 - 10 m2 of surface can be covered.

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

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