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How to Spray Paint Wicker Furniture

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Wicker furniture can be absolutely beautiful when it has a fresh coat of paint. All too often a piece of wicker furniture will continue to look old and ragged because of a worn out paint job. With nothing more than spray paint, a piece of wicker furniture can be brought back to life. All it takes is a little time and attention to detail. Here is how you can do it.

Remove Chipping Paint

Before you do anything else you need to remove any paint that might be chipping off your wicker furniture. Chipping paint will keep your paint job from lasting as long as it could. So take a wire brush and remove any paint that is starting to flake off.

Clean it Up

Once the chipped paint is removed you need to give your piece of furniture a good cleaning. Get some soapy water and a sponge and get that wicker as clean as you can. Dirt will hurt the end result, so take the time to clean it. Just make sure the piece of furniture is completely dry before you continue with the next step.

Apply Primer

Your next step is to apply a few light coats of spray primer designed for wood. When selecting a primer to use, simply look on the can to see if it is made to work with wicker. Then just make two light coats of primer letting each coat dry before applying the next. The primer will help the spray paint stick and make changing colors easier, so make sure to take the time to apply these two coats.

Spray on Paint

Once the primer has completely dried, it is time to paint. Take your spray paint can and shake it up well. Then hold the can 8-12 inches from the wicker furniture and spray in a continuous sweeping motion. Apply one light coat of paint at a time to avoid dripping and give a professional finish. Just make sure to check from all angles before you decide you are finished. Because of the way wicker furniture is designed, it can be difficult to get the spray paint in all the nooks and crannies the first time. So double check every part of the piece to unsure it has been completely painted.

Let it Dry

Now that your piece of wicker furniture is completely painted, allow it to dry for at least 24 hours before you start using it again. Paint needs plenty of time to set to prevent chipping, so give your paint job the time it needs to cure. Once it has finished drying you can move it into place and enjoy your hard work.

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