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Re: childs wicker rocking chair

Posted By: James Schooley <furnitureissues@earthlink.net> (0-1pool247-17.nas2.sioux-city1.ia.us.da.qwest.net)
Date: 10/24/5 21:00

In Response To: childs wicker rocking chair (Amelia Nelson-Cooper)

Real wicker can be damaged by some stripping methods. We repaint most wicker chairs we repair in our shop. The paper type product can't be stripped at all, and the cane or rattan can be stripped with a gentle combination of soft scrubbing and a Metholene Chloride based product, followed by a lacquer thinner rinse and more soft scrubbing with a nylon bristle brush. If the only thing painted is the runners then you are in better shape. If you choose to go to a pro, don't let them 'dip' it in sodium chloride or lye, it will destroy the weavings. A cane repair shop will be the best place to start. If you have the paper weave you can sand lightly and repaint with oil based products, adding a dark glaze over a coat of medium brown to get the sepia toned original look without stripping. That is what we do most often as the stripping is very hard on the cane and you can't tell the difference any way. If you still have questions, email me furnitureissues@earthlink.net, as this forum if not running properly.

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