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How to weatherproof your wicker furniture

Date Added: December 09, 2020 02:20:18 PM
Author: Polina
Category: Garden Furniture

Even though wicker furniture is lightweight, colourful, and allows air to circulate, it is important to remember that it is not naturally weatherproof.

If care is not taken, your furniture’s woven structure can become worn down by the elements in just a few years. But there are steps you can take to ensure that your wicker furniture is ready and suitable for outdoor use. Paint Paint is a popular way of offering protection, and also allows you to customise your furniture by adding colour to your patio or garden.

If you are thinking of painting your furniture, you will need to use paints that are specifically formulated for use on wicker. Paint your furniture completely, including underneath the arms and seats, every 3 years. Not all paints can successfully mix together. Applying a different type of paint over an older coat can alter the colour or cause the old paint to curdle and crack.

Some paints can even interfere with the glue in the joints, causing them to loosen. Once you have applied your paint, you can apply a varnish. Varnishing your wood protects if from all but continuous exposure to heavy rain, and should still be kept away from extreme conditions. It is recommended that use 2-3 coats to provide maximum protection.

Oil and lacquer Although waterproof lacquer can be applied to many types of wood and natural materials, it is not suitable for applying to wicker. This is because there is a risk of sealing in moisture, which will result in the rotting of the reeds, weakening the strength of the structure. It is therefore recommended to use tung oil when making your wicker water resistant.

Like varnish, tung oil only offers protection against reasonable weather conditions, and will not be effective against constant exposure to heavy downpours. However, it will repel damp, preventing the softening of wicker fibres past the point of safety. When applying tung oil, it is important to use a soft cloth, and to cover all of the fibres. It should be reapplied at the end of the season.

Covers Because finishes cannot protect against extreme weather conditions, it is always a good idea to use a waterproof cover. It is usually possible to customise any cover so that it fits any item of furniture. Ensure that the covers reach the bottom of the furniture legs, in order to prevent the water from splashing. If you plan on keeping your furniture outdoors for a prolonged period of time, it may be an idea to install a retractable awning, protecting your items from heavy rain. For more information on garden furniture visit Home Life.

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