Sun Mar 12, 2017 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 finish on top of the stain to protect it, like a clear coat of varnish or urethane or lacquer. Of course another trick is to add some stain to the varnish, or urethane before applying. If you are just using the minwax I would apply it as thin as possible in multiple coats and see if you can get the color to where you want it.

  • restaining a caned chair sara.m.batts, Sat Mar 11 2:52pm
    Hello, 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... more
    • 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
    • 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
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