What Finishes Stick to Chair Cane?
Issue: Issue 277
Posted Date: 6/14/2011
stain or paint will stick to chair cane? It has a smooth, hard finish
and will not absorb standard stains or paints. I see painted or
stained furniture coming from the manufacturer. - Gene & Ardy
cane can be stained, painted, or even finished with conventional
furniture clear finishes. There are some special characteristics to
understand with cane, in order to help get the best coating and color
for your particular use.
First, the hard slick outer
surface of the cane is not easily penetrated by stains. When chair
cane is stained, it is best done by allowing the stain to soak in
from the back side. I prefer water-based stains like aniline dyes for
this. NGR's [Non-Grain-Raising finishes] would work, too. With the
water dyes, I often soak the cane to get the correct color before I
weave or install the cane. The cane will look different wet than it
will when dry. So be sure to let a sample piece of cane dry out so
you can make your color choices accurately. Once installed, surface
glazes can also be used to add character and correct the color, too.
Oil-based stains will work, but they are not as easily controlled nor
as predictable. A light coating of furniture lacquer will seal in the
color. Don't lay on heavy layers of lacquer or varnish on cane. Be
sure to seal the bottom and top of the cane surfaces if you decide to
finish the cane.
Paints will "stick" just
fine. The concern is flexibility. Cane is very flexible, and "moves"
frequently. A brittle or hard paint would be very prone to chipping
or flaking off. A more flexible coating would give much better