If wicker porch swings are part of your exterior décor, you may notice that in time, these will lose their beauty and shine. You can replace the porch swings or you can repaint them. The wicker swings can be painted with regular exterior paint, but it’s easier if you use spray paint. Repaint the swings once every 3 years; the paint will also protect the wicker, preventing its damage.
Step 1 – Clean the Porch Swings
Dust the porch swings using a piece of cloth or a towel. Using a soft sponge, you will have to clean the areas that are about to be painted. Use detergents or vinegar diluted in water. Allow the swings to dry.
Step 2 – Sand the Swings
Even if wicker is not an even material, if the swings have been previously painted, you will need to sand the area and remove the coats of paint. Use a light grain sandpaper. If you have a power sander, you may use it, but given that the wicker swings have various indentations, the machine may be difficult to use. Apply the same amount of pressure at all times while sanding the porch swings or using the sander.
Step 3 – Wash the Porch Swings
After sanding the wicker swings, you will have to use a damp cloth or sponge to remove the dust and other particles that may have been deposited on the swings during the sanding process. Use a gentle detergent and allow between 24 and 48 hours to dry.
Step 4 – Choose the Space for Painting
When painting the wicker swings, you will have to know that there will be dripping paint and also smell which may be irritating for the more sensitive members in your family. Ideally, you should paint the swings outside, on the grass or on the porch, but placing some newspapers or cardboard on the floor to protect the porch. If you perform this activity indoors, make sure it is in a ventilated area.
Step 5 – Apply the Paint
You can choose regular exterior paint or spray paint or both. Choose a color that will match your house and porch.
The regular paint will take some time to apply and you may also have a difficult time reaching certain corners or crevices with a regular paintbrush. You can opt for spray paint for these areas or for painting the entire swing. This will take less time.
Make sure you cover all areas of the wicker swing. Apply 2 coats of regular paint or several light layers of spray paint. Make sure you allow the paint to dry between applying the various coats. If using regular paint, you can add a few drops of citronella in the mix, as this will prevent the flies and bugs from landing on the swing while the paint is drying.