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Ruined my project!
All my hard work for nothing, this product is not clear at all and gives a yellow finish. Kitchen cupboards are not a quick job. Now to start my whole project again!!!!
Bad formula. Gritty and gluggy
First can of polyurethane was gritty.
At first I thought I must have contaminated the product but after filtering it through a stocking it was fine.
Second can a small one to finish of the job, was impossible to stir due to sludge at the bottom of the can.
It was sent back to Bunnings.
I also, should have read the reviews before hand. Cabot's had a good name and was recommended by several people.
Clearly the product is not fit for purpose and should not be sold.
I am extremely disappointed that a large company like Dulux would present such a poor product.
It should not be "Let the buyer beware" and wasting their time.
Purchased in May 2021 for A$35.00.
How to ruin a beautiful piece of timber
Kicking myself that I only read reviews on this product after things went wrong, I have a beautiful piece of redgum that I spent hours hand sanding and was super excited to “bring out the color” with some clear coat. I prepared the surface to perfection and specification, lovingly applied the product and it’s absolutely ruined all my hard work.. This product is terrible, bubbles and lifts, then the second coat went milky... :( I will now have to spend hours sanding it back... incredibly disappointed in this well known brand..
It went yellow and ruined the project!
As in title. I applied the product, on the tin it states ‘non yellowing’ and it turned the item yellow. Simply a waste of money and time so back to Bunnings I go! To return the item
Very poor product. Shouldnt be on sale
Bought from Bunnings. The satin one is super high gloss and doesn’t look satin at all. Sticks to the bottom of the tin super hard to fully mix. I’ve used on a white wash acacia table bad results. Used on pine stained wood better but way below what I expected. Has bits in that are hard to work out. Not impress won’t buy again or ever recommend.
Bubbling and lifting of first coat when applying 2nd coat ( after 2 days of drying between coats )
I am a bit perplexed about the result of using Carbothane "matt" oil based.
Nothing like this ever happened using the oil based "Gloss" version.
What happen after I had reworked an ironbark tabletop (thicknesser and sanding removed about 1mm each side) and had applied the first coat slightly thinned (less then 5%). It went on nicely except a bit of grain lifting.
I left it for two days to cure and then lightly sanded the surface using 240 grid paper. Applying the second coat felt like it was normal, however after about 3-4minutes I observed li...
Should be taken off the market
Even after much stirring this product is still has a thick glue consistency. While brushing it on it has "bits" in it that are hard to work out of the surface. Dries with a rough finish, almost like has sand in it. Cabots should be ashamed of selling this dud product, take it off the market. You have lost me as a customer forever.
Great product every time
This product is great Gloss or Satin as long as you follow the instructions.
I have finished many projects with amazing results every time
Drys quickly with a clear hardwearing finish
Purchased in May 2021.
Great for decoupage
This is the most consistent water based varnish for Decoupage, I have some pieces still looking good after 25 years. Interestingly a couple of these, I have used black and white photocopies of my art, these have not discolored under about 30 coats of varnish. I leave it 24 hours between coat coats before sanding lightly and applying another coat. All paints and glue I use are water based.
I have also used other product on market for decoupage but found the results over time become cloudy and almost want to peel off the cut outs where it starts to deteriorate around edges
Faerie glen Creations
It’s not clear
I used it to seal bark on wood rounds for decoration perposes. It went on milky white and I assumed would dry clear. After two days it’s still milky white.
Problems in the tin
Bought a 1 litre tin of satin water based from Bunnings. When I opened it it looked like a beige stringy jelly was floating on the top. I didn’t stir this in because I assumed it was semi set and I didn’t want to ruin the remainder. By the time I had removed the stringy jellified bits I was down 25%. Stirred the remainder but found the sediment at the bottom of the tin very stiff and hard to mix in. I’m going to take it back to Bunnings and swap for the very consistent oil based product which (apart from being purple!) does a good job.
Do not use on painted surfaces
Hard to mix well soo many solids in the bottom, put it over a painted table top and it absolutely ruined it. Dragged the paint, caused it to come off left brush strokes. Tried a second coat after 3 hours and it lifted up the first coat causing scratch marks. Worst clear coat I have ever used
Purchased in May 2021.
Used this for my kitchen island benchtop. Perfect finish!! I did NOT stir the can, but shaked it VERY hard for many minutes and then let it settle for a short time before using. Brush to apply. I was busy so didn't have time to reapply quickly - left it for a week between coats. Light sand between coats.
I did three coats but I think only two would have been sufficient.
Only tricky bit was brushing it quick enough to ensure there were no ridges/brush marks. But it still came out perfect.
I know it's not "food safe" but I don't prepare food o...
I used this product in a spray can to restore a table for friends. On the second coat it blistered in six places. My only solution is to strip coats of vanish and begin again with a different product.
Cabothane water base varnish in Matt
This is an excellent product
Fast drying and easy to apply
It’s milky white but when applied is clear
I applied 3 coats on my dining table that I sanded right back to bare wood .I lightly sanded in between coats but probably only needed 2 coats.
It says stir really well do not shake and continue stirring as your doing your project. It didn’t have a high odour.
I picked Matt not gloss and I love the look .
The best product I’ve used for indoor furniture.
I bought the satin water based product and found it easy to follow the instructions. I stirred it well and had no problems applying it with a roller. It dried fast and recoating many times waiting the recommended time between each coat resulted in no problems. I ensured I was using it under the conditions outlined so did not have any issues at all and would be happy to buy it again.
- Cabothane Clear Water Based
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Why is this product still on the market?
For the past month I have been restoring a lovely old oak cabinet and today was the great day of starting the clear finish. Went to Bunnings and bought a water based matt finish clear coat and opened to find the gluggy product. Stirred and stirred for ages until I thought it was ready then applied to find it dry in an uneven and very white finish.
I'm guessing that I haven't stirred it enough but after throwing my brush down and reading the many negative reviews on this product it appears to have many flaws which other similar products don't have.
The decision now is deciding whether to sand it back and start again after even more stirring or just throw the can and buy another brand which will work without fail.
- Cabothane Clear Oil Based
- Verified purchase
"Clear" does not always mean clear!
I needed a tough, clear finish on a large white painted surface, and was advised to use Cabot's Cabothane Clear (Oil Based) over a properly sanded and fully prepared surface.
I filled, sanded, primed and then sprayed the surface with white acrylic and let it dry over a few days, then sanded, cleaned and applied the Cabothane Clear.
My problem is that I now have blotches of brown tinge here and there where I presume the paint thickness was a little more than elsewhere. Sanding and re applying does not help - the dark areas get darker and new...
Cabot's Benchtop Clear
With the right preparation, Cabot's Bench top clear is a fantastic product. I've just redone my kitchen Bench tops, and they've finished better than when I first bought them. As long as you remember to keep stirring every few minutes, you will be wonderfully surprised at the ease of application and the smooth even coverage. Just make sure they are clear of any old polish etc, and a light sand with 240 between coats and you won't find a better product in my mind.
Worst oil based product ever!
Used this for a timber wall in kitchen, matt finish. Gave it a long stir as it was thick at the bottom, until all product was consistent. First coat went on like a dream. Loved it and looked great! Thought I was on a winner. Waited 9 hours for it to dry, tin said 6 hrs but I gave it longer. Sanded it, all fine, until second coat, DISASTER! Paint started bubbling, blistering, as if I applied paint stripper on it! I thought I had a bad batch. Called customer service and the rep already knew what I was going to say (as I'm sure this happens so oft...en). Advised me paint had not dried long enough and to give it a couple days, give it a sand and all good. Not really, left it for a week, sanded and sanded. I had to sand back to bare timber to get rid of the blistering effect. Opted to use another product, was not game to use this useless product again. Not sure why it says recoat after minimum 6 hours, the other product I chose to use said 16 hours, which never gave me grief. Maybe Cabots need to be a little more realistic about their drying time to avoid such bad reviews.
Questions & Answers
Is this product food safe, I wish to gloss some wooden bowls.
The Cabothane Clear is not a food safe coating.
For something like bowls, we do not have a suitable coating in the Cabot's range.
You can take a look at the Orange Oil http://www.feastwatson.com.au/consumer/products/interior/product-details/1511
Or the Kitchen Timber Oil http://www.feastwatson.com.au/consumer/products/interior/product-details/1527
That is available in the Feast Watson range. These may be more suited for you.
If you would like to discuss this further, please give us a call on 1800 252 502. Our operating hours are Monday to Friday 7:30am to 7:00pm, Saturday 8:30am to 3:00pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm AEST.
Thanks - Team Cabot's
I applied 3 coats to a new table i built out of uncoated hardwood floorboards of the Cabothane Clear water based. I waited 24hours after the 3rd coat and the tables scratches easily! will it harden? how long will it take before i can use it?
You're best to give us a call on 1800 011 006. We will need to ask you a few extra questions and try and offer you a suitable solution.
Our operating hours are Monday to Friday 7:30am to 7:00pm, Saturday 8:30am to 3:00pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm AEST.
Thanks, Team Cabot's
I’m using this water based product to seal over an old wooden chest, that’s been sanded down and painted with water based paint. Applied first coat and it’s showing yellow streaks? Looks terrible. Any solution or is this product not good? It says ‘clear’ on the tin?
Well Andrew unfortunately you one of many who have encountered various issues with this product. Maybe you should sand it back return your water based CCC and use a product from a different manufacturer. I had issues and unfortunately Cabot just made it so difficult to admit that there could be an issue that I just feel that they don't deserve customers who want to achieve a great finish on their project
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