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Thread: Repairing/Painting Wicker ???

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    Repairing/Painting Wicker ???

    I have two wicker rockers that need repainting or repairing. I think the paint would do it. Have any of you done this and if so, can you advise? It would be less to repaint, I think, than buying new patio furniture. Help???
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    I've repainted a small vanity chair that some of the paint had worn off of. I used spray paint in the can in as close to the same colour as I could get. The spray lets you get a nice even coat and because it matched closely I didn't have to worry about missing any spots. If your paint is peeling rather than worn, I would take a stiff brush to it to remove any loose paint spots first.

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    I would second Tartan's response. Before I spray painted mine, I did some rewrapping on the legs- using wood glue to attach it.

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    Ditto what the others have said...brush washed the wicker, then used spray paint...several fine coats to cover. Held up quite well. Repaint/repair depends on what end result you want. Total restore, or paint and be done with it. I opted for paint!!

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    I repaired a couple wicker chairs. When using new materieals be sure to soak them in water so they will mold easily to the piece you are repairing. It also keeps the new from breaking when trying to bend it. Let it dry completely and then paint it. I used spray paint so all the nools and cranies could be reached.

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    Thanks for the help! Basically what I thought and the idea about wood glue is good as there are several "sticky outy' spots. We should have left them behind when we moved, but they are unusual, and I'm really tired of leaving favorite things behind. :-)
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    Be careful with the brush! Not all wicker is really wicker. I had some old wicker chairs that were made with very tightly twisted paper. I am afraid that a brush would have damaged. You really need to use spray paint because it is about the only way you can get in all those little grooves.

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    Thanks, Ziegamomma, I'll check that out. :-)
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    I just painted a wicker couch and two chairs. Used a Wagner power painter and outdoor paint (like a house paint) Read on the internet that it will give better if you are using the furniture outdoors with weather and temperature. The power painter did a great job and was easier than killing my fingers with spray paint.

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