How to Protect Your Indoor Timber Pot Stand

What to use: Cabot’s Cabothane Clear Oil Based

Why you should use it: Got some beautiful timber planters at home? Keep them looking great with Cabot's Cabothane Clear Oil Based. This great product enhances the timber grain in interior wood and comes in a gloss, satin or matt finish, so you’ll always get the look you like. Perfect for use in window frames and trims – and ideal for your interior plant pots!

How it works: Highly durable and hard wearing, this varnish resists scratches and stains. It also contains UV absorbers, meaning it protects surfaces such as interior windows and doors that are exposed to sunlight. Cabot's Cabothane Clear also performs as a clear topcoat over Cabot's Interior Stain Oil Based.

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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 Cabothane Clear Oil 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: Clean the surface with Cabot's Floor Clean first and allow to dry. Then, sand with 180 – 240-grit sandpaper and remove all traces of sanding dust. Apply a testcoat of Cabot's Cabothane Clear Oil Based to a small test area. Allow to dry for six hours, then firmly press sticky tape to the surface and pull it off quickly. If the coating comes off, sand back the surface again. Repeat until the coat sticks. When the coating adheres well, sand the whole area with 180-240-grit sandpaper. Remove dust – and you’re ready to coat.

Stir Cabot's Cabothane Clear Oil Based thoroughly with a flat blade stirrer before and during use. Do not shake can. Then, with a good quality brush or spray gun, apply Cabothane Clear in the direction of the grain. If spraying, back brushing is recommended.
Allow your surface to dry for at least six hours. Once this is done, if there are any holes, cracks or other defects, fill them with Cabot's Wood Tone Putty.
Lightly sand the timber to remove any grain raise, using 240-grit sandpaper. Remove all sanding dust and then apply a second and third coat, sanding between each coat.

And don’t those planters look sensational?