Most of rattan products are marketed in the finished. The rattan is special substrates that have provided value as its uniqueness, but the proper finishing will give added value by enhancing its special form. The finishing for rattan is actually very similar to the finishing for the wood. The materials that are used are the same. But since rattan does not have grain and pores as the wood, then the rattan finish is more emphasis to enhance the unique form and shape of the rattan product.
In this article we want to share the finishing process rattan wicker with light brown color and dark brown glaze. The rattan base color is light brown with the dark brown color glaze is used to fill and coloring the inside of the rattan wicker to generate the attractive and life finish. Rattan skin is used, so the special sealer is used as the first layer to get the better adhesion of the finish. While the NC finish system is used, the NC clear coating, stain and glaze are used for the overall finish.
Here are the finishing processes step by step.
- Washing the rattan and application of first sealer.
The first process is to take care the rattan skin. The rattan need to be washed and cleaned from the waxes that may still attached at the surfaces. We used a scotch brite that was wet by acetone to rub and clean the rattan. We rubbed to the overall rattan to make sure the rattan was cleaned. Then we blow with the air gun to clean the dust and dry the acetone.
Then after the rattan was clean, we sprayed cane sealer to the rattan surface. The cane sealer is the special sealer to take care the rattan skin. We sprayed the cane sealer wet coat to the overall surface, and let it dray for about 30 minutes.
- Stain application
Stain is used to coloring the rattan. We sprayed a light brown stain to make light brown color rattan finish. The stain was applied by wet coat spray to the rattan surface. We let the stain dry for about 5 minutes.
- Application of second sealer.
The second sealer is applied to protect the stain color and also to form and build the finish film. For the second sealer we used a NC sealer, since the overall finish system is NC finish. NC sealer was sprayed to the overall surface. We let the sealer for about 30 minute to dry.
- Glaze application.
The glaze was applied to fill the inside webbing and form the brown color for the rattan. Dark brown glaze (Van Dyke Brown glaze) was brushed to fill and coloring inside the webbing. The glaze was also layered evenly on the surface to form the finish color. We did some highlight to the glaze layer to make more life looked finish. We waited for 1 hour to let the glaze dry.
- Application of the first top coat.
The next step is the top coat application. We don’t need to sand the clear coating at the rattan finish, so we can use the top coat instead of sealer. The top coat also will give better adhesion then the sealer. The top coat was sprayed wet coat to layer and protect the glaze layer. We let the top coat layer for about 30 minutes to dry.
- Smudge pad and dry brush glaze.
The next process is the antiquing process. We used dark brown pad stain to pad the top coat layer. A dampened cloth with the pad stain was padded at the top coat layer to make the antique impression. We added some dry brush to burnish the corner and make more antique looked.
- Application of the second top coat.
The next process is the second top coat application. It is the last coat layer to protect the finish color and to form the gloss of the finish. A medium gloss NC top coat was sprayed to the finish. And the result was the antique brown rattan finish.