Painting over distemper paint

Is your house painted with distemper and is starting to look worn? Paint it over with pine tar! You will get a sustainable result and at the same time avoid a facade that cracks or looks chalky. You will achieve a durable finish and your façade will not crack or flake. Pine tar is a paint that protects and strengthens the wood while also giving it a beautiful and natural colour. Pine tar is also the best product on the market for use on distemper painted buildings. Paint over distemper paint with nature’s own paint.

Red Pine tar popular as early as in the 16th century

Läckö Castle, Ornässtugan and Seglora Church in Skansen. These are just some of the historical buildings and churches that have protected their roofs and walls with red pine tar since the 16th century. Ornässtugan is best known as Gustav Vasa’s hideout when he was fleeing the Danes in 1521. Seglora Church in Skansen, which was built 1729–30, is a wooden structure with red pine tar applied to both the roof and walls. The fact that the shingled roof has always been painted with red pine tar is what makes the church stand out.

  • Paint at a temperature of at least 10°C to ensure that the tar products quickly permeate the wood.
  • Remove loose distemper paint using a wire brush.
  • Brush off the entire surface using a soft brush or broom.
  • Remove any algae and mildew.
  • Make sure that the wood is dry before you start painting.
  • 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.)
  • Stir the contents of the tin thoroughly both before and during painting.
  • Paint using a wide brush (e.g. 70–100 mm).
  • Paint in the same way as you would with “standard” paint, avoiding applying layers that are too thick.
  • Paint the entire façade in one go to ensure a uniform colour.
  • Paint at least twice to achieve the best colour for the building and the best water protection. However, you can wait to apply the second coat for up to a year.
Other who painted over distemper paint

From school to red-tarred B&B

Between 1904 and 1955, it was a school. Today, “Villa Paris” is both a small horse farm and a B&B, located in the heart of Sörmland.

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Black Pine Tar for a distemper painted house

Easy to use, durable and aesthetically pleasing. These are Lars-Einar Bresäter’s three most important reasons for painting with Black Pine Tar.

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