Painting over distemper paint
Do you have a red, black, green or brown house that has previously been painted with distemper paint and is now starting to look shabby? Or perhaps a grey façade that has been treated with iron vitriol? Paint over it with Red Pine Tar, Black Pine Tar, Green Pine Tar, Brown Pine Tar or Pine Tar Vitriol. 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.
Checklist – Painting over distemper paint
- 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.
- Use at least 20% gum turpentine as a solvent for Black Pine Tar, Red Pine Tar, Green Pine Tar and Brown Pine Tar (Pine Tar Vitriol already contains gum turpentine and does not need to be diluted). For planed wood and if you want to spray the tar, dilution with approx. 30–40 per cent gum turpentine is required.
- 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.