Completing an interior stains project with Cabot’s

There are multiple options for coating and protecting interior timber. Using a clear varnish or oil allows you to enhance the natural colour of your timber whilst protecting it from everyday wear and tear. If you are looking to completely change the look of your timber, a stain will transform the colour and let the timber grain show through.

Changing the colour of your timber can be completed using two methods

  1. Using Cabot’s® Interior Stain and top coating with a clear coat such as Cabot’s Cabothane Clear
  2. Completing colour and protection in one with Cabot’s Stain and Varnish.

There is no right or wrong answer when choosing between these options, we have a few tips to help you make the right product choice for your project.

Cabot’s Interior Stain

  • You can build up Cabot’s Interior Stain and create a deeper colour
  • Interior Stains must be top coated with a clear for durability and protection
  • Application method: Rag, brush, roller

Cabot’s Stain & Varnish

  • Quicker project; Stain and Varnish does not require a top coat and will be completed quicker as it offers colour and protection in one product
  • Durable finish to resist scratches
  • Application method: Brush, roller

How to apply Cabot’s Interior Stain

Cabot’s Interior Stain range is a penetrating stain for interior doors, windows, trim and furniture. It is easy to use and transforms the colour of interior timber.

Prepare your timber

For bare interior timber

Sand the surface smooth using 180-240 grit sandpaper.

For previously coated interior timber

Completely remove the previous coating using a paint stripper or by sanding.

Applying your product

  • Stir can thoroughly with a broad flat paddle
  • Apply Interior Stain with a good quality brush, roller or rag
  • Allow to dry
  • Apply Cabothane Clear as a top coat

Note: If you use Cabot’s Interior Stain water based, top coat it with Cabothane Clear water based

How to apply Cabot’s Stain and Varnish

Cabot’s Stain & Varnish range is a combined stain and varnish for all interior timber. It provides colour, shine and durability without hiding the grain.

Prepare your timber

For bare and previously coated interior timber:

Sand the surface smooth using 180-240 grit sandpaper.

Applying your product

  • Stir can thoroughly with a broad flat paddle.
  • Apply Stain & Varnish with a good quality brush or roller.
  • Allow to dry and lightly sand between coats.
  • Apply 2nd and 3rd coats as above.