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Re: staining and matching cane
Tue Mar 21, 2017 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 staining needs. It is thicker and easy to apply, less dripping and running where you don't want it to go. It is a little more costly than MinWax but the color and ability to apply only one coat makes it worthwhile and I have found it to be superior to other brands. I do wipe the cane first with a bit of lacquer thinner and allow to dry before applying the stain to cane. I tried to use Weavers Stain once and that was an epic failure.
Good luck with your project.

  • 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
      • 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
      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
        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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