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How To Paint Resin Wicker

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Resin wicker offers a less expensive option to standard wicker. It is made from polyethylene, which give it a shiny surface, and it commonly lasts a long time. However, you may still notice it fading from sun exposure. Instead of tossing the piece, make it over with a coat of paint. Follow these steps to paint your resin wicker furniture.

Prepare to Paint the Resin Wicker

To paint resin wicker, gather:

  • work gloves
  • drop cloths or plastic
  • garden hose (optional)
  • dish soap or ammonia
  • rags
  • painter's tape
  • medium-grit sandpaper 
  • resin epoxy glue (optional) 
  • spray paint and primer for plastic 

If possible, move the furniture outdoors on a non-windy day or in a ventilated area, such as a garage or patio. Otherwise, run a fan or raise a window to ventilate the area. Spread drop cloths or plastic over the floor.

Clean, Repair, and Sand

Mix several drops of dish soap or a small amount of ammonia in a bucket of warm water, and scrub the chair. Rinse the chair with a bucket of water or a hose, and let it dry. Even if the chair isn't very dirty, remember to clean the indentations and back side of flip pieces. 

Check the piece for burs or raised areas, smooth them with sandpaper, then wipe dust. If you find splits or loose resin, repair them with epoxy resin glue, and let it dry, 

Broken strips will need to be completely replaced. Cut the damaged piece, and cut a fresh strip slightly longer than the damaged strip for easier adjustment. Apply the resin glue, and weave the strip in place, using pliers to pull it through if needed.

Prime and Paint

Priming the piece reduces the number of paint coats needed. Cover parts of the piece you don't want to paint with painter's tape. Shake the primer can one to two minutes, then spray a thin coat of primer, keeping the nozzle about ten inches from the surface. Flip the piece as needed to cover all parts. Do not apply coats too thick to avoid drips. Let the primer dry, which commonly takes one to three hours. 

Apply the paint, keeping your arm in constant back and forth motion, overlapping each pass slightly. Check for gaps in the paint as you work, and spray in the middle of the gap to fill it. Apply a second and third layer, letting each layer dry separately, and let the piece set 24 hours before using it.

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10 May 2018