Coal Tar Wood Preservative.

carbolineum is a dark brown to black liquid derived entirely from coal tar and having a typical coal tar odour. It is a blend of creosote and coal tar.


It is intended for use in the preservation of timber, exterior use only. The toxicity and strong odour prohibit the interior use of carbolineum for both human and animal habitation. It should not come into contact with food or potable water.

Features & Benefits
  • Protection of wooden poles, wooden fences eaves and rafters.
  • Economical wood preservative.
  • Easy to apply.
Surface Preparation

All surfaces to be clean, dry and sound.

Bonding / Priming

No primer required.


Stir well before and during use.


2 – 6 m2 / l


Application by brush or dip.


Tools, brushes and mixing equipment should be cleaned immediately after use and before material has set with abe® super brush cleaner followed by washing with soap and water.

Typical Physical Properties

Active ingredients

creosote 70% by volume


Thin liquid



Flash point

95°C minimum

Fire resistance

Flammable liquid

Protection on Completion


Temperature & Relative Humidity

Do not apply if temperature is below 5ºC.

Model Specification

Coal tar based wood preservative. The wood preservative will be carbolineum, a creosote/coal tar blend wood preservative applied in accordance with the recommendations of a.b.e.® Construction Chemicals.


5 l, 25 l and 200 l container

Handling & Storage

This product has a shelf life of 12 months if kept in a dry cool place in the original packaging. In more extreme conditions this period might be shortened.

Health & Safety

All tar-based products are classed as carcinogenic. carbolineum is toxic and flammable. Always ventilate a working area very well during application in order to remove fumes. The fumes are extremely strong smelling and the smell lingers for a long time. Avoid naked flames in the vicinity. Avoid excessive inhalation and skin contact. Clean hands well before smoking or eating. If material is splashed into the eye, wash well with plenty of clean water and seek medical attention.

Note: Never store treated articles in the vicinity of fish, birds, bees or animals.

Important Note

This data sheet is issued as a guide to the use of the product(s) concerned. Whilst a.b.e.® Construction Chemicals endeavours to ensure that any advice, recommendation, specification or information is accurate and correct, the company cannot – because a.b.e.® has no direct or continuous control over where and how a.b.e.® products are applied – accept any liability either directly or indirectly arising from the use of a.b.e.® products, whether or not in accordance with any advice, specification, recommendation or information given by the company.

Further Information

Where other products are to be used in conjunction with this material, the relevant technical data sheets should be consulted to determine total requirements. a.b.e.® Construction Chemicals has a wealth of technical and practical experience built up over years in the company’s pursuit of excellence in building and construction technology.