How to Paint Wicker Outdoor Furniture

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Wicker is a common material used in outdoor furniture. However, because your outdoor wicker furniture is left to the natural elements, its paint will deteriorate over time. Luckily, it doesn't take a great deal of skill to remove the loose paint and apply a new coat. With some fresh paint and a little elbow grease, you can make your piece of wicker furniture looking almost brand-new.

Things You'll Need

  • Soft wire brush
  • Sandpaper
  • Primer
  • Indoor/outdoor oil-based paint
  • Mild soap
  • Rag
  • Rub a soft wire brush over your wicker furniture, removing all loose bits of paint. If the wicker piece is newer and doesn't have any signs of the paint falling off, this step is not required.

  • Sand down your wicker furniture if you used the wire brush. This allows for a smoother feeling, especially if there are still some areas with paint on the wicker. The sanding removes any small areas of paint that may already be pealing off, not the entire paint layer.

  • Wash the wicker furniture with a damp cloth to help remove excess dirt, paint or debris you might have loosened while brushing and sanding. Wipe your wicker furniture down with a dry rag and let it air dry. Your furniture must be completely dry before you can continue.

  • Apply at least two coats of primer to your wicker furniture. Because the wicker is intertwined with itself and has lots of crevices, easy to miss areas with the first coat of primer.

  • Give your wicker furniture ample time to dry after the primer coats Preferably, wait until the next day to paint the top coats.

  • Apply at least two coats of oil-based indoor/outdoor paint. This paint is waterproof, so it will hold up well against the elements. Wait for the first coat to dry completely before adding the second coat.

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