How to Transform your Interior Timber with an Oil Based Stain

What to use: Cabot’s Interior Stain Oil Based or Cabot's Stain & Varnish Oil Based

Why you should use it: Looking to update the style of your interior furniture or trims? Provide colour and shine without hiding the timber grain.

How it works:Rejuvenates and transforms the colour of interior timber.

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Depending on your project, you may also need

Before you get started, you’ll need to prepare your surface. First, remove stains, dirt, wax, grease and oil from timber with mineral turpentine (you can remove any polish with a suitable polish remover). If timber has highly visible scratches, imperfections or surfaces that are severely worn, make sure you sand them all back first. Any holes, cracks or gaps shouldn’t be filled until after the first coat of Cabot's Interior Stain Water Based is applied.

Depending on the condition of the surface you’re coating, there are several ways to prepare:

New Bare Timber: Sand the surface smooth using 180 - 240-grit sandpaper, only in the direction of the grain. Remove all traces of sanding dust and you’re good to go.

Previously Coated Interior Timber: Sand your current coating back to bare timber to allow the stain to penetrate into the timber evenly. Remove the sanding dust.

 

Getting the right colour: Always apply a test your colour on a small test area or off cut. Allow to penetrate for 2 - 10 minutes, once you are happy with the colour depth, you're ready to apply to your timber. Remember how many minutes the stain penetrated the timber for as that will give you your desired colour depth.

1. Stir thoroughly with a broad flat paddle until pigment is mixed in and colour is uniform. Keep well stirred during use. If using more than one can, mix all cans together into a larger container to ensure colour uniformity.

2. Apply with a good quality brush, roller or lint free rag and work the stain evenly into the grain.

3. Allow to set for 2 - 10 minutes then rub with a clean soft cloth using a circular motion to remove any excess stain and produce an even coloured surface. The intensity of the colour
will depend on porosity of timber and the length of time before the stain is wiped off.

4. Allow 8 hours drying time.

5. Apply Cabot's Cabothane Clear Oil Based as a top coat following label instructions.

 

1. Stir thoroughly with a broad flat paddle until pigment is mixed in and colour is uniform.
Keep well stirred during use. If using more than one can, mix all cans together into a larger container to ensure colour uniformity.

2. Apply with a good quality brush or roller.

3. Apply three coats depending on the required depth of colour, allowing 8 hours between coats.

4. For best results, sand between coats using 240 grit sandpaper.