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Re: wicker????

Posted By: Kim Kyle the Wicker Picker <kimk1957@yahoo.com> (ca208-ch03-bl07.il-chicago0.sa.earthlink.net)
Date: 3/4/5 21:45

In Response To: Re: wicker???? (Greg Scholl)

You can have true reed/rattan wicker 'warm' tank dipped by a professional furniture stripper. Never attempt to strip (at home or by a prof.) the 'twisted' paper fiber wicker...it will disintigrate. ALWAYS consult a local wicker specialist to let you know what can be 'tank' stripped. They can possibly refer you to a good stripper...who knows how to carefully and properly strip good piece of victorian wicker.. ..but yes it can be done. I've had several pieces stripped over the past 28 years....with great results. I was always very happy with how the paint came out of the little nooks and crannies. If it is reed victorian wicker that you want to strip...make sure any restoration/repair work is done FIRST. Attempting to strip a damaged piece of wicker furniture can loosen surrounding reed strands and cause more damage. Although I personally prefer white wicker...I've had those customers that prefer stained. good luck.

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