How to Stain your Timber Floors with Oil Based Stain & Varnish

What to use: Cabot’s Stain & Varnish Oil Based & Cabot's CFP Floor Oil Based

Why you should use it: Easy to apply, hard wearing finish for interior timber floors.

How it works: Highly durable, scratch resistant flooring system to transform your timber floors.

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Note: Fill nail holes, cracks and other defects with Cabot’s Wood Tone Putty after applying the first coat of this product for accurate colour matching. Remove stains, dirt, wax, grease and oil with mineral turpentine. Remove any polish with a suitable floor polish remover.

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

Previously Coated Timber
Completely remove the previous coating using a paint stripper or by sanding. Remove all traces of sanding dust.

1. Apply one oat of Cabot's Stain & Varnish Oil Based using a 6 - 10mm nap roller in your chosen colour. Additional coats can be applied if a deeper colour is required. 

2. Allow to dry for 12 hours before applying Cabot's CFP Floor Oil Based.

3. Use a brush to cut in around the edge of one section at a time. Apply along the length of 3-4 boards, keeping a wet edge to prevent lap marks.

4. Allow to dry for a minimum of 12 hours, then lightly sand using 240 grit paper. Remove all sanding dust. If product does not sand to a fine powder it is not dry enough to recoat.

5. Apply the 2nd & 3rd coats as above.


Give your floor time to dry for 24 hours before walking on the newly-coated surface. Replace furniture after 72 hours. 

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