A set of rattan garden furniture is quickly becoming a fixture of any British garden, patio or private outdoor area. This material has captured the heart of many a garden owner with its combination of sturdiness, durability and visual appeal, and these sets are long-standing best sellers within the British home and garden industry as a result.
If one shortcoming can be attributed to rattan, however, it is the fact that it tends to damage in the long run. In other words, rattan garden furniture tends to get ratty. Fortunately for home-owners dealing with this problem, rattan pieces can be brought back to tip-top shape simply and inexpensively – and this article will describe how.
Painting Rattan Garden Furniture
The best way to bring a piece of rattan garden furniture back to life is to give it a coat of varnish or paint – although home-owners are advised that painting rattan diminishes its market value. Still, if the pieces in a set are starting to look tatty or frayed, it is not entirely a bad idea to spruce them up a bit.
To paint a piece of rattan garden furniture, a home-owner should start by applying an undercoat of primer to it. A primer is a solution often used by painters to ensure the paint will adhere well to their material of choice, and the use of such a product can go a long way towards helping a restored piece look good.
Once a coat of primer has been applied, the item is ready for re-painting. Home-owners are advised that traditional liquid paint is not the best choice for painting rattan furniture; rather, spray-paint should be used wherever possible, as it provides a much smoother and even finish. Restorers should likewise not be afraid to apply more than one coat of paint to their piece; the more coats are layered atop one another, the more even the end result will look.
Once the piece is fully re-painted, it should be left to dry overnight. Any missed spots or patches can then be corrected with some final re-touching, to ensure the refurbished piece looks as good as new!
Home-owners seeking to restore their rattan pieces should note that this process is ideally carried out outdoors, or in a well-ventilated space. Care should also be taken to ensure the item is thoroughly wiped down prior to applying the primer and paint, to help remove any impurities and achieve optimal results.
Restoring Rattan Garden Furniture
Painting is not the only way to restore run-down or frayed rattan garden furniture. Home-owners wishing to preserve their set’s original look can simply carry out a very simple restoration process, which has the added perk of not devaluing vintage or highly re-sellable pieces.
Restoring a piece of rattan furniture without using paint calls for linseed oil and a soft brush. Once these tools are at hand, the piece should be carefully inspected to suss out any cracks, splits or scuffs in the material. The linseed oil should then be applied to these areas in repeated layers, until it begins to run off. This indicates the rattan has absorbed as much oil as it can, making any further layers moot. By this point, restorers should be able to see a measure of change in the piece’s appearance, as a result of the rattan absorbing the oil and using it to fill and correct its own imperfections. Once all the scuffs, cracks and splits have been dealt with, the piece should wiped down and left to dry overnight, just like freshly-painted pieces.
Either or both of these methods can ensure rattan garden furniture is revitalised and made to look as good as new again. Home-owners fretting about their frayed, cracked rattan set can therefore rest easy in the knowledge that the solution to their problem is easy, inexpensive and will not take up much of their time.