Project Overview

Preparing a bamboo benchtop for installation is a fairly simple job. We’ll show you how to smooth the surface down with sandpaper. You’ll also see how to protect the bamboo from wear by sealing it with a clear finish. 
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This D.I.Y. Advice is part of a series How to install an island bench kitchen

Step by Step Instructions

1 Sand the bamboo benchtop
2 Seal the benchtop with a clear finish
  • Step 1. Sand the bamboo benchtop

    Before you start sanding, it’s a good idea to leave the benchtop in the kitchen for 24 hours to acclimatise to the room. Then give it a light sand to remove any pencil marks, rough edges or scratches. Start with a coarse grit paper before smoothing the surface further with a finer grit. Once you are done, wipe the benchtop down with a rag.
  • Step 2. Seal the benchtop with a clear finish

    Stir the clear finish thoroughly and paint it on to the benchtop, covering the top as well as the edges. Check the instructions on the tin for drying times and how many coats to use. If you are using an oil based finish, make sure you work in a well-ventilated area and wear a mask. 
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