How to Coat Interior Trims

What to use: Cabot’s Cabothane Clear Water Based

Why you should use it: Enhance the look of your interior timber doors, furniture, windows and trim with Cabot's Cabothane Clear Water Based. This clear polyurethane results in a highly durable finish that will have your interior timber surfaces looking their absolute best. Available in gloss, satin or matte finish, you’ll get the look you like and have those interior timber surfaces looking sensational in no time.

Get Started

Depending on your project, you may also need

Before you begin, it’s important to do that prep! Be sure to remove stains, dirt, wax, grease and oil from timber with mineral turpentine before you start anything, and get rid of any polish with a suitable polish remover. If timber has highly visible scratches, imperfections or surfaces that are severely worn, make sure you sand it down first. Any holes, cracks or gaps shouldn’t be filled until AFTER the first coat of Cabot's Cabothane Clear Water Based is applied.


Depending on the condition of your timber, there are several ways to get started:


Bare Interior Timber: Sand the surface smooth in the direction of the grain, using 180 - 240-grit sandpaper. Remove all traces of sanding dust.


Previously Coated Interior Timber: Clean the surface with Cabot's Floor Clean and allow to dry. Then, apply a test coat of Cabot's Cabothane Clear Water Based on a small area. Allow to dry for three hours. After this is done, press sticky tape to the surface and pull it off quickly. If the coating comes off, sand the surface back again. Repeat until the coat sticks.


Change the colour of your timber: Always start with bare timber, if your timber is previously coated sand the old coating back to bare. Apply Cabot's Interior Stain Water Based first by applying with a rag. Wait 1-5 minutes until you are happy with the colour. Leave for 2 hours and then top coat with Cabot's Cabothane Clear Water Based following the below application instructions

Stir Cabot's Cabothane Clear Water Based thoroughly with a broad flat paddle before and during use. Do not shake the can before you begin. Using a good quality brush or spray gun, apply in the direction of the grain. If spraying, back brushing is recommended.
Leave to dry for at least two hours. Once this is done, if there are any holes, cracks or any other imperfections, now is the time to fill them with Cabot's Wood Tone Putty to ensure accurate colour matching.

Repeat applications, making sure to sand between the second and third coat.

And you’re done! How easy was that?