Pine Tar Ingredients

Pine tar is an all-natural ingredient that has been used for centuries for various purposes, including a wood preservative and a coating that is used on wood and metal. It can waterproof boats and preserve buildings. In more recent times, it has been used by baseball players on the handle of their bats in order to help their grip.

Turpene Oils

Pine tar makers add turpentine to the natural tar, making it thinner. This enables it to be spread more easily over wood. The amount of turpene oils used varies based on how thick the manufacturer wants the product to be. The thickness varies based on what the pine tar will be used for.


Resin is made through distillation, a process in which wood is burned in order to form a resin. This wood often comes from the stumps or roots of trees.

Fatty Acids

Fatty acids and other oils are added to the mixture in order to affect the pine tar’s viscosity. Acids are taken out of the wood during production, while the acids mix with the resin. Through this process, it mixes with the turpene oils to create the final product.

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