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restaining a caned chair
Sat Mar 11, 2017 2:52pm

I have a gorgeous set of mid century dining chairs and a hutch to match. The pieces are all in great physical condition with the exception of some sun damage to the finish on the hutch and some wearing of the stain on the chairs. I'd really like to re stain the pieces, but I'm struggling in my research to find how to stain a caned piece that has previously been stained. I know that I can pop the caned panels out and just re stain the wooden carcass of the chairs and hutch, but I'd prefer to match the caning to the freshly stained pieces. Is this an impossibility? Will I end up with a muddy, inconsistent finish on the caning since I cannot remove the previous, worn stain? I'd appreciate any advice that anyone could offer!

  • Re: Staining and matching cane Dan Alleger, Wed May 8 6:28am
    I'm going to say something that some may disagree with: Minwax stains stink. You're never going to get great results putting this thin oil stain on cane. Multiple applications of an oil stain do... more
    • Re: staining and matching cane woodbeth57, Tue Mar 21 4:43am
      I am going to add my 2 cents worth on the stain that I use for refinishing furniture and have used a little on cane as well. I use Sherman William brand " Wood Classic" oil based stain for all of my... more
      • Staining and color matching cane Marshall Knox, Wed Mar 22 7:56pm
        I have had good luck using General Finishes gel stain, applied with a stiff bristled brush. I keep the brush nearly dry and use light strokes to evenly distribute the color. I use an alcohol dye... more
    • restaining a caned chair sara.m.batts, Sat Mar 11 2:52pm
      • restaining a caned chair timtolzmann, Sun Mar 12 12:06pm
        Sounds like yuou want to refinish the chairs witou ot recaning the seats.
      • restaining giola, Sun Mar 12 11:03am
        the real problem with staining cain is the difficulty in penetrating the surface of the cane with the stain. It tends to sit on top more than penetrate, which means you then have to apply another... more
      • staining cane JIm Widess, Sun Mar 12 2:46am
        You could try stripping the stain from the cane with lacquer thinner.....then restaining the cane.
        • Re: staining cane sara.m.batts, Sun Mar 12 12:32pm
          The thinner wouldn't damage the caning?
          • staining cane JIm Widess, Sun Mar 12 5:28pm
            The lacquer thinner shouldn't hurt the cane unless it's really thin and worn out in which case you'd be recaning the chair anyway.
            • restaining a caned chair timtolzmann, Sun Mar 12 11:41pm
              After dissolving the finish on the cane, clean it completely and evenly with the lacquer thinner. Let it dry then out of the sun for an hour or so. Longer if yuou used any water in the stripping... more
              • Using Boiled Linseed Oil The Wicker Woman®--Cathryn, Tue Mar 14 8:49am
                I would caution you all about making your own boiled linseed oil and opting for buying it in the store already prepared. We've all heard the horror stories of people burning their house or garage... more
                • Using B)oiled Linseed Oil timtolzmann, Tue Mar 14 9:54pm
                  Cathryn,commercially prepared "boiled" linseed oil is raw linseed oil to which a lead based drying agent has been added. So it will give one lead poisoning to some extent, no matter how, or how... more
    • Staining and atching cane rrc_1940, Wed May 8 11:57am
      I agree 100% with what Dan said about Minwax stains. I've had success matching (difficult) cane color by adding artist oil paint pigment to stains to get closer to the original color. Finding the... more
      • Re: Staining and atching cane The Wicker Woman, Thu May 9 7:37am
        I don't do that much cane staining, but when I do, I must confess the brand I typically use is Minwax. If I want a deeper, richer, fuller color to the cane, I scrape the bottom of the can and pull up ... more
        • Re: Staining and matching cane Jared Chafin, Thu May 9 7:47am
          Thanks to everyone for your suggestions and experience! Dan, I will definitely be trying your methods. I'll probably pick up the Rustoleum Gel Stain for a starter and try the more in-depth approach... more
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