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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. 

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Gloves
  • Paint brush
  • Paint roller
  • Paint stirrer
  • Roller tray
  • Safety glasses

Materials

  • Clear finish
  • Rag
  • Sander
  • Sanding block
  • Sandpaper
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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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