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Tips for Painting Wicker

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Painting Wicker
When we love our wicker pieces, it’s hard to say goodbye to them. Your favorite pieces can last a lifetime with the proper care and attention. One great way to revive older pieces is to paint them! Painting wicker takes a bit of time, attention, and care, but we hope to get you on your way with the following tips.


The first stage of painting your wicker is arguably the most important. When you are done, you must remove the flaking paint to have a clean, smooth, and professional finish. Removing the flaking paint can be time-consuming, so it’s best to be comfortable before beginning. You should use a soft, bristled brush and scrape away the larger flakes. After that, you may wish to get the harder-to-reach flakes with a flat-headed screwdriver. If you’re positive your piece is not made of natural rattan, you may also use a high-pressure washer; however, be extra careful, as this can damage the fine threads of rattan.


Priming the furniture is a two-step process. You should clean it with mild soapy water to ensure there is no grease or spots remaining. Once it has been cleaned and dried, you must prime the furniture. Make sure you use a primer that matches the type of paint you intend to use. One coat of primer should do it, and let it fully dry before the final step.


Painting is the best part of renewing or updating your wicker furniture. You should use an oil-based indoor/outdoor paint as the oil base will allow the paint to move with the wicker pieces as they flex. Always use a natural brush or a compressed sprayer to ensure you are getting in every nook and cranny; paint in a well-ventilated area outside is best, and wear a protective mask and gloves.

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