Pine oil

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A pleasant smelling oil obtained from the steam distillation of wood from the Longleaf pine (Pinus palustris). Pine oil is used as a solvent for varnishes and nitrocellulose lacquers. It is also used in as an odorant and biocide in casein emulsion paints, polishes and soaps (e.g., Pine-sol®).

Resources and Citations

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 615
  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • Pam Hatchfield, Pollutants in the Museum Environment, Archetype Press, London, 2002