Cabot's New Food Safe Benchtop Clear

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Greetings dear reader,

The seasons have changed with an audible clunk, and the cold weather is certainly here! It’s the time of year when cold weather moves people (and their projects) indoors. With this in mind, we’ve got a brand new product to help kick off that interior DIY bonanza we know you’ve got planned!

Introducing....Cabot’s Benchtop Clear.

Perfect for your solid timber, bamboo, plywood or engineered timbers, Benchtop Clear is the perfect way to beautify and protect your interior timber benchtops – AND once cured, food safe*.

What do we mean by food safe? Food safe means that if food is left on the coating, the coating would be unlikely to leach anything that is hazardous to health.

While our customers have been using Cabot’s Cabothane Clear (Water Based) and Cabot’s CFP Floor (Water Based) for their interior benchtops without issue, we’re proud to say we’ve taken that benchmark, and improved on it.

When fully cured, Cabot's Benchtop Clear is heat & stain resistant, meaning you can place your cup of tea on it, or spill your wine on it and not have to worry about damaging the finish. If you do get a ring stain on your Benchtop Clear, we’ve got a great tip to help remove it:

  1. Ring stains indicate moisture has entered the coating
  2. Use a hairdryer on the lowest setting to warm up the offending area. Keep the dryer moving, ensuing not to apply too much heat to one area
  3. The stain should disappear before your eyes, without using harmful chemicals
  4. For the full method, read our FAQs section:


Keen on upgrading your interior benchtop to a food safe, heat resistant coating? It’s easier than you think!

  1. Previously coated interior timber with highly visible scratches, imperfections or surfaces that are severely worn must be sanded prior to coating. Remove any sanding dust, ensuring a smooth, clean surface.
  1. Stir thoroughly with a broad, flat paddle before and during use.
  2. Apply with a good quality brush, short nap roller or spray gun. If spraying, back brushing is recommended. If brushing or rolling, always apply in the direction of the grain.
  3. Allow to dry for a minimum of 2 hours (30 mins touch dry). For best results, lightly sand between coats to remove any grain raise using 240 grit sandpaper. Remove all sanding dust.
  4. Apply 2nd & 3rd coats as above.

We recommend 3 coats to maximum longevity and the best looking finish.

Stay warm and good luck with this season’s DIY projects.


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*We do recommend waiting a minimum of 28 days (4 weeks) prior to direct contact with food.